Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano State, on Sunday, February 4, 2018, called out to all Fulani herdsmen rearing their cattle in other parts of Nigeria, specifically Benue and Taraba States, to find their way to Kano State, stating that the state has vast grazing lands to accommodate all of them and that there was adequate infrastructure to cater for their cattle.
Ganduje also inspected the vaccination of over one million cattle and other animals at the Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garum Malam LGA. The cost of vaccination is shouldered by the Kano State Government.
Ganduje also condemned the recent spate of killings arising from clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country, describing it as unacceptable.
He said; “Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin do not move out of Kano to other states because we have enough grazing land, ranches and traditional stock route. They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.
“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them. We have grazing land in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other places, where facilities have been provided to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”
“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria. The location has been designed to accommodate schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that would provide the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and transact their business without any hindrance.
“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land when we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve, which is being underutilised.”