Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State has condemned the directive by President Muhammad Buhari to Reopen grazing routes.
The Governor lamented that Buhari was still living in the dark ages, stating that mankind has gone beyond nomadic practices.
President Buhari had in an interview with Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice to start the process to remediate lands from people who converted cattle grazing roads for their own use.
Akeredolu in his statement said;
“Where we are now, the Dome, something was here before, so now are we going to bring it back and reinstate what was here before?” Mr Akeredolu asked rhetorically.
“Or where the Deji of Akure’s Palace is now, you say that it is a grazing route and we have to remove the palace for grazing route? We can’t do that now.
“Things are changing and there has to be a paradigm shift.
“Ethiopia has about 200 million cattle and you won’t see them on the streets. They are located in the hinterlands designated for grazing.”
During the interview, the President also claimed that the AK-47-wielding killer herdsmen are not Nigerians, arguing that Nigerian herders carry sticks or machetes rather than guns.
And with this comment from the President, many Nigerians wonder how porous the frontiers of the nation have grown and how insecurity the country currently has with an indirect admission from the Commander-in-Chief that its government cannot stop criminals entering neighboring countries to cause chaos.