By: Bamidele Fashube
ABUBAKAR Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on Tuesday advised the Federal Government to establish regulated grazing reserves as part of measures to find lasting solutions to the farmers-herders crises in the country.
The Minister also suggested the creation of a commission to regulate pastoralism.
Malami gave the recommendations in Abuja while delivering his address as a special guest of honour at the Peace, Unity, and Security Lecture Series held at the ECOWAS main auditorium.
He acknowledged how the crisis between the herders and farmers had worsened security situation, emphasising need to be deliberate in addressing the problem.
According to him, relevant stakeholders in the sector should be carried along at every stage of the programme implementation.
His words: “The better approach towards resolving the crisis over the short, medium and long terms are to directly involve the stakeholders in coming up with solutions at the conception, implementation and monitoring faces.”
“Nigeria is predominately agricultural in nature and by geography. To that extent, there is constant mobility of herders across the different belts of Nigeria. It is perhaps time to consider the setting-up of a commission for pastoralism regulated by law.
“This might provide recipes for resolving protracted farmer-herder conflicts. The commission may even engage in or facilitate in-depth analytical studies with a view to providing lasting solutions for the benefit of people and the country.”
He also suggested the need to revitalise the Nomadic Education Commission as a way of complementing government’s effort towards solving the problem.
The Minister further described the ongoing crisis as real, thus requires real-time and pragmatic solutions.
Beyond these, he called for the provision of infrastructures to hasten nomadic settlements.