A pro-Fulani group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN) has stated that there will be no peace in any state that bans open grazing in Southern Nigeria. POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that the governors of the 17 southern states in meeting on Monday last week unanimously agreed to effect a ban on Open grazing in the region. The issued a September 1st deadline to end open grazing and also declared total support for a rotation of the Presidency to the south in 2023.
GAFDAN described the ban as a ‘Call to Anarchy’ adding that the move was capable of frustrating the South’s chances of producing the country’s president in 2023.
National Secretary of the group, Ibrahim Abdullahi said; “The position of the forum is very unfortunate because you don’t stop a system unless you have provided an alternative to it. We are not against any new method of animal husbandry because we believe that the present system is outdated but then you don’t stop it overnight without providing an alternative. So, the position of the governors is practically impossible under the present setup in Nigeria.”
“The statement of the governors is more political than realistic. It is unfortunate that people can play politics with the livelihood of millions of Nigerians. If you stop open grazing in the South, you are simply saying that those people should move to the North or they should move to other parts of the country. What happens if those in the North also ask the Southerners to leave?”
“Are we promoting unity or hatred? What the governors are saying is practically impossible and it does not promote the unity of this country. You don’t stop people’s means of living and expect peace to reign. So, the implication is that the unity of Nigeria is going to be in question. You don’t expect those that will be affected to return to the North and live in peace with people from the South living in the North.”, he said.