As part of measures to restore peace and put a total stop on the open grazing activities of herdsmen in Nigeria, which has given rise to insecurity in the nation, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika, has called on government at all levels to adopt a “Modern Farming Method”, that will help to address all issues emanating from herders activities.
Interacting with newsmen in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, Lt Gen Ihejirika, while reacting to the ban on open grazing, said herders crisis started as a result of the open migration of foreigners into Nigeria.
According to the Ex-Army Cchief, the herders/farmers clashes were not there before, but because the system was open, the issue became a norm.
He said government at all levels should adopt a modern farming method that would relegate the old method of farming, such that the herders will have a modern way of grazing rather than moving from one place to another.
“Open grazing is not also profitable to herders, a new farming method that will protect the herders and the farmers should be adopted”.
He further noted that the only way out of the recent security challenges confronting the nation is for government to be proactive, as some cases of insecurity is better managed at the early stage.
Ihejirika, however, advised state governors to urgently convoke a security summit just like Abia State, where relevant stakeholders in the security agencies can come together to brainstorm ways out of the recent cankerworm that is eating up the nation.
In a similar development, the Chairman Aba South Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ibe Enyiazu and his Isialangwa North counterpart, Eze Aliche Uche, said they would support the strengthening of local vigilante group to arrest some of the security challenges faced in their various localities, soliciting with the government for financial support.
Eze Enyiazu said from time to time he would be meeting with the traditional rulers in Aba South to discuss ways to protect their communities.
For Eze Uche, he called on his people not to hide any useful information from the security agencies, as it has being observed that some of the criminals hide in communities.
He said the communities would form their local vigilante group that would go into the bushes, farmlands, to check and fish out any criminal element.