Ranching Only Panacea For Rural Conflicts – Gov Ishaku

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State
By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba State on Thursday said that the state’s  open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law was the way out
of the conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the rural communities.

Ishaku disclosed this when he received the American Ambassador to
Nigeria, Mr William Stuart who paid him a courtesy call in Jalingo.

The governor who explained that the population of the country in 1950s
and 60s was no longer the same said Nigeria must adopt ranching to end
frequent clashes and other challenges associated with open grazing.

“Cattle rearers cannot continue to be moving up and down in the bush
with a lot of risks associated with such movements.

“They need a better life and that is what we are trying to do by
enacting open grazing prohibition law.

“It’s unfortunate that some people who don’t have knowledge of what we
are trying to do are constantly attacking us and giving some
colouration to the law,” he said.

Ishaku soliciting the support of the  American government in finding
ways of bringing peace to the state and other parts of the country.

The governor commended the American government for upholding the
interest and welfare of its people.

“In America, if one person is killed, America will go to war.

“But that is what we are lacking in Nigeria.

I don’t control any security and taking decision is most times very
difficult as people are always up to ethnicise and attach religious
and political sentiments to almost every decision you take,” he said.

He pledged to do everything possible to solidify the relationship with
the American government and call on investors to take advantage of the
abundant natural resources endowed in Taraba to invest in the state.

Earlier, Amb Stuart said he was in the state to learn about the people
of the state and by extension Nigeria.

Stuart called on Nigerians to always remember that they can never be
Nigerians without Nigeria and urged them to always protect the unity
of Nigeria.

“The strength of Nigeria lies in their diversity, and I want to urge
Nigerians to harnessed these diversities for the good of the country.

“Any time I have interactions with Nigerians, I always ask them what
they love about Nigeria.

“I am happy working in Nigeria than any other country, because
Nigerians are hardworking and resilient people.

“Where I want to see improvement is for Nigerian women to raise up for
leadership positions in the country,” he said.

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