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Sports Nigeria: South governors want to ban transhumance and free pasture

06:50  17 may  2021
06:50  17 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Afin de lutter contre l'insécurité, des gouverneurs du sud du Nigeria ont décidé d'interdire la transhumance et le pâturage libre dans leurs Etats (image d'illustration) © Godong / UIG via Getty Images to combat insecurity, governors of southern Nigeria have decided to ban transhumance and free grazing In their states (image of illustration)

governors of southern Nigeria have adopted a resolution to prohibit transhumance and free grazing in their states. A decision that aims to combat insecurity, and to silence the conflict between breeder and farmers, who has made thousands of deaths in recent years in Nigeria.

with our correspondent to Lagos, Liza Fabbian

Fulani farmers from the north of the country descend more and more south, driven by insecurity, climate change and desertification. A situation that competes for land access with farmers in the center and south of the country. A situation that threatens "food security and safety in general" in their regions, according to the governors of the South.

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The decision to prohibit transhumance and free pasture is "irrevocable" if one believes the statements of the governor of the river state this weekend. But the resolution adopted by the Forum of the governors of southern Nigeria last Tuesday is all the same debate. For example, the governor of the Kogi State has for example deleidarized his colleagues, believing that there was not enough infrastructures at this stage to allow livestock farming in enclosure.

This weekend, the Governor of Kano State, in the north this time, admitted that "how to bring cattle transhumming from one end of the country on foot (...) is no longer necessarily tenable ". But he is also worried about seeing "Fulani farmers subject to abuse and violence in the south of the country.

While at the beginning of May 17 villagers were murdered by presumed Fulani Bergers in the state of Benue, 19 breeders Peuls members of the same family were murdered and mutilated in the state of Anambra at the end of April. Two examples of so many of the murderous conflict that oppose breeders and farmers in Nigeria - where the governors of the South would like to terminate - by radically restricting the circulation of breeders.

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