Blame the north for herdsmen crisis – Olu Falae
Chief OLu Falae the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), says the northern leaders should be blamed for the incessant crisis between herdsmen and farmers currently ravaging the country.
While speaking on a television programme in Nigeria, Chief Falae who himself has been a victim of the crisis said the problem of the herdsmen has been exacerbated by the failure of many of the state governments in the North to take care of the needs of the herdsmen.
He said the non-existence of grazing reserves which was the normal practice before had also had a negative effect on the relationship between farmers and the herdsmen.
He also blamed the depletion of the Lake Chad river saying more than a million herdsmen who hitherto used it as their livelihood are no longer able to do so.
“Over one million people are herdsmen who earn their livelihood from the lake can no longer do so.
“Added to that, are those uprooted by Boko Haram and then, desertification has been continuously eroding the arable land in Nigeria.
“When you put all these factors together, you find a tremendous pressure on herdsmen and their cattle and the response should have come from the state governments and the Federal Government to take care of their needs because they are Nigerians who are entitled to their livelihood,” he said.