The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said the herdsmen/farmers crisis was not caused by religious or political differences but by water scarcity.
Speaking at a peace forum, the former Lagos state governor asked the government to immediately convert unused land to grazing routes as this will curb incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Tinubu, who was represented by an Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Sunday Dare, said: “The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle.
“We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.
“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states. In the long run, this will enable herders to better maintain their livestock and thus their own livelihood.”
Tinubu explained that the desertification in most parts of the North had caused herders to move southward with their cattle in search of greener pastures.
“An acutely thirsty man remembers neither Bible nor Quran very well until his thirst is quenched. Dire need often pushes a man to behave as if bereft of compassion for a person in equally dire circumstance.
“No doubt the problem has exacerbated during the past decade. We must assume climate change plays a role,” he added.