The Federal Government has disclosed that the passage of anti-open grazing law in some states is the major cause of the recent killings by herdsmen in some parts of the country.
Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said the anti-open grazing law sparked off the clashes.
Mr. Dan-Ali, who was briefing State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of security chiefs with President Muhammadu Buhari, urged Nigerians to learn to accept foreigners in their areas.
He said: �Whatever crisis that happened at any time, there has to be remote and immediate causes,”
�What are the remote causes of this farmers/herders crisis? Since Independence, we know there used to be a route whereby these cattle rearers use.
�Cattle rearers are all over the nation, you go to Bayelsa, you see them, you go to Ogun, you see them. If those routes are blocked, what happens? These people are Nigerians, it’s just like you going to block river or shoreline, does that make sense to you?
�These are the remote causes. But what are the immediate causes? It is the grazing law. These people are Nigerians, we must learn to live together with each other, that is basic.
�Communities and other people must learn how to accept foreigners within their enclave, finish!”
The minister also faulted the decision by some states to set up and arm forest guards, saying it is illegal.
To check the crisis, the minister said the quarterly security meeting with President Buhari decided to set up a commission on small arms proliferation in the country.
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