Breaking ranks with his hawkish counterparts from the northern part of the country, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday canvassed the enactment of a law that will abolish movement of herdsmen from the Northern part of the country to other parts.
Ganduje, who made his position on the thorny issue known to journalists on Saturday after the lunch APC governors had with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, said this is the only panacea to the recurring herdsmen-farmers clashes in the country.
He said the ban would also stop the problem of cattle rustling.
“My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the Northern part of Nigeria to the Middle Belt and to the Southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly,” the governor said.
Ganduje tasked the new service chiefs appointed last Tuesday to work with state governors in order to succeed.
He said the call became necessary because the governors know the security needs of the people and the various black spots in their states.
Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, on his part asked the new service chiefs to work very hard to live up to expectations.
“I will ask them to work hard; harder than what Mr. President might have assumed they would do because the task ahead is very challenging and I believe they will live up to expectations,” he said.
Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru, asked the new service chiefs to work on intelligence gathering.
He also called for prayers, saying the country needs prayers.
“I think they have to listen to people in the transfer of intelligence and continue to ask people to pray for them,” the governor said