Why FCT minister banned Fulani herdsmen in Abuja

We think it’s time for everyone to make a sacrifice and act like the generation that will leave Nigeria better than what was left to us.

We understand the touchiness and sensitivity attached to tribes and their trades.

It therefore came as no mean call when the Deputy Senate President called on “Governments of various states to immediately consider enacting legislation that confine cattle-rearing to modern ranches as obtainable in developed societies.

Ekweremadu also suggested that governments could go a step further to invest in constructing and leasing out modern ranches.

“This will produce healthier animals, give better products and provide employment.

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He also added that the idea will “Add value to farm products and help promote peaceful co-existence.

Ekweremadu warned that enforcement of such measures should not be left entirely in the hands of the federal security agencies.

“Sadly, when you enact laws to checkmate the menace, as Ekiti State has commendably done, you will still rely on the same security institutions to enforce them.

“This is the dilemma.”

It came as a rude shock when the minister of Federal Capital Territory, Musa Bello, ordered the immediate withdrawal of all free ranging cattle and herders.

Mr. Musa directed the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to rid the city of all free ranging cattle and their herders.

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He described the free grazing situation as a nuisance.

According to Mr. Musa, “My mission is not to come and make you sad; but the situation is bad and you know it and we are ready to tackle it.

“But you must be up and doing too. That is what this Administration is about.

“We are ready to put the right things in place.

“We are ready to work for Nigeria. But we want people that will join us to do this.

“That is why when you come to FCT today, it is not business as usual and we want to send that message down to our institutions.”