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HERDSMEN CRISES IN NIGERIA: HOW THE KENYAN MASAI NOMADS DEALT WITH DROUGHT (Part 2)

CONTINUED FROM PART 1: http://farmcafeng.com/business-post.php?id=168

SOLUTION

We do have a solution in Nigeria: - National Parks close to the original habitations of the herdsmen (so they can be close to their wives and children) e.g. the Sambisa forest with land size spanning over five states can adequately accommodate and provide grazing for almost all cattle herds in Nigeria as some parts of it still has good vegetation and it is close to the Chad Basin and the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands. Another large national park in Nigeria is the Gashaka Gumti located in Taraba and Adamawa states. It contains grasslands. The Yankari Game Reserve is also a possibility. These National Parks have not been generating revenues for the government in recent times due to insecurity.

The herdsmen can then cooperate on security, deal more effectively with cattle rustlers, establish schools in villages on the outskirts of the forests – then they can come up with good ideas to develop their country, transport cattle for sale to the various destinations, earn more income and stop endangering people’s lives by giving priority to cattle while people die!

If the Masai herdsmen of Kenya can handle wild animals, can’t the Fulani herdsmen of Nigeria handle Boko Haram in Sambisa? – Herdsmen anywhere in the world are known to be very fearless, let Nigeria’s herdsmen use that fearlessness to help the government and security operatives eliminate terrorists instead of attacking soft targets - defenceless farmers, women, children, and the aged. There is no problem without a solution – this is my own suggestion on the way forward – I want it to be well with my country - Nigeria.  God bless Nigeria.

OLUYINKA ALAWODE

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