FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEEKS REVIEW OF ECOWAS LAW ON FREE GRAZING

Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo has said there was need to review the protocol of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that allows unrestricted movement of animals for grazing across all countries in the sub-region, stating that Nigeria’s interest to protect lives and property of her citizen “must come first.

Professor Osinbajo who spoke at the Northern States Stakeholders Security Summit with the theme, stated that the review of the law has become imperative in the face of the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in parts of the federation.

He noted that the desertification sweeping across the sub-region had forced herdsmen to migrate from their countries of origin to Nigeria in search of greener pastures, thereby making the nation more vulnerable.

He also reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to ending the incessant clashes, maintaining that ranching would check the menace and increase the nutritional value of animals.

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