The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called on Fulani herdsmen residing in other parts of the country, especially Benue and Taraba states, to relocate to Kano where they would be treated with dignity since the state has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.
He stated this on Sunday while inspecting the vaccination of over one million cattle and other small animals’ free-of-charge at Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garum Malam Local Government Area of the state as part of activities to mark the 2017/2018 livestock vaccination programme.
While condemning the “recent killings during the clashes between farmers and herdsmen,” Ganduje, who is a Fulani, stated that the crises were unacceptable.
He pointed out that Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin do not move out of Kano to other states because we have enough grazing land, ranches and traditional stock route.
The governor said, “Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin do not move out of Kano to other states because we have enough grazing land, ranches and traditional stock route. They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.
“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them. We have grazing land in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other places, where facilities have been provided to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”
The governor also revealed that already, his administration was in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Games Reserve into a modern grazing land.
According to him, “Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.
“The place has been designed to contain schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that can give the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and do their business without hindrance.
“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land while we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve under utilized.
“There is no longer fear of cattle rustling in Kano. Cattle rustling are now history because we fought the menace headlong. In Falgore right now, we have enough security there. Those rustlers have relocated elsewhere, while some of them who repented from their evil ways were given amnesty and rehabilitated.”
Ganduje also said that his administration has embarked on the registration of herdsmen and the numbers of their cattle to enable government take care of them through free vaccination and other incentives that will add value to their business.