The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has stated that grazing reserves are the solution to herdsmen-farmers clashes.
The former Vice President made this known while speaking with The Africa Report.
Atiku said: “In each province in the north, we used to have a grazing reserve. During the season, the cattle are in the reserves.
“When it is off-season when farmers would have cultivated all their crops, then the cattle move out to the areas where the farmers have cultivated, allowing the grass in the grazing reserves to grow. These grazing reserves have been abandoned over the years.”
Speaking on Boko Haram terrorists, the Waziri of Adamawa stated that the organisation was started by jobless youths who were used and dumped by politicians.
“I happen to know how Boko Haram came into being. They were offshoots of political thuggery. Politicians used those boys in Boko Haram to win elections and then abandoned them and then there were no jobs for them.
“It was the same thing with the Niger Delta. In 1998, I saw it myself and I warned people.
“It’s going to be a multifaceted approach. It will involve negotiations. It will involve military action,” he said.
On Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu
According to Atiku, the rule of law must have its way in the cases involving the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
He said: “I don’t want to be individualistic on this issue. I reject any illegal detention, any detention that is not based on rule law and order.
“Dasuki is being detained illegally. It is only a court that will say whether he is guilty or not.”