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Giving land for ranching is better than death – Presidency

Valentine Chinyem

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The Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina, has asked those against the idea of ranching and colony programmes for herdsmen in the country to have a rethink.

He said farmers in the country are better off living with ranches and colonies than dying through incessant fights with herdsmen.

Adesina said this while speaking during a morning programme on African Independent Television (AIT), in response to a question on ancestral attachments to land.

He said; Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are talking about ancestral attachment, if you are dead, how does the attachment matter?

The National Economic Council that recommended ranching didn’t just legislate it, there were recommendations. So, if your state genuinely does not have land for ranching, it is understandable. Not every state will have land for ranches.

But where you have land and you can do something, please do for peace. What will the land be used for if those who own it are dead at the end of the day?”.

More so, he noted that the administration is doing its best to ensure peace throughout the country.

“There are different theatres of crises in the country and you may look at each theatre with its peculiarities. In the Middle Belt, it has its own peculiarities and what is the peculiarity of that, Farmers-Herders conflict. What has the government done?

“It has sent in security agencies starting with the police, later troops, later different operations by the military,” he said.

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