The Hausa-Fulani community in Cross River state have appealed to the state governor, Ben Ayade to allocate a portion of land to herdsmen in the state in order to enable them graze their cattle.
Leader of the association in the state, Sani Baba-Gombe, made the appeal on Wednesday, June 1, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar.
According to Baba-Gombe, the land if allocated will put an end to the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
“We use to instruct our people to always ask for permission before entering into any land to graze. If I were to be a farmer, I won’t be pleased if any cattle come along to destroy my crops.
“If a grazing land is provided, the animals would not stray into farms and this would further prevent any future crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
“All we are appealing for is a grazing land that is different from the farmlands; this would help us to stop encroaching into people’s farmlands in search of food for our cattle,” Baba-Gombe said.
He further said that herdsmen in the state were tired of moving their cattle from one place to the other in search of food for them, hence the appeal for a reserved land for them.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose has declared war on herdsmen in the state, following the killing of two persons in the state by Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking on Monday, May 23 when he paid a courtesy visit to the families of dead, Fayose who promise to raise N2,5 million for the families of the dead also said he would raise N2.5 million for local hunters to defend the communities against the herdsmen.