‘Modernized ranching will end herdsmen attacks’ – Makarfi
A former Kaduna state governor and former Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi says adopting modernized ranching practices across the country will save the nation from the incessant clashes between fulani herdsmen and local farmers.
Makarfi while speaking to journalists over the weekend said the issue had assumed a dimension which is alarming and all hands need to be on deck to address it.
“This a problem that is ravaging the North Central of the country and the Southern part of the country. When I was governor, this problem was rampant in my area but people did not know but it was similar to what is happening now; tough the ferocity was quite different, the proliferation of arms was not there, just cutlass and arrows.
“The influx of some of these people because of free movement of ECOWAS has also made it difficult and it has complicated the matter. Therefore, this matter we must look at it critically. The Federal Government has talked about the issue of the colony, colony as a word sounds to be offensive, colonization to me means domination. Ranching sounds business, anybody can go into ranching and you do business where it is feasible, you cannot do business where it is not feasible.
“So, we have to begin with the policy of modernization of ranching where it is most feasible at this time and re-orient and re-indoctrinate the herdsmen. It will take time but it is doable, modernize their profession, give them some level of education, give them incentives to make them change their ways and methods. Anything to achieve peace is not a waste,” he said.