US Calls on Nigeria to Adopt Ranching to End Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes

Fulani herdsmen

By George Okoh in Makurdi

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Williams Stuart Symington, yesterday urged Nigerians to adopt ranching of cattle as it is practised in his country to avert the incessant farmers-herdsmen clashes in parts of Nigeria.

The ambassador, who spoke at the weekend when he visited Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi, also urged Nigerians to shun all acts that could threaten the unity of the country.

He said he wholly agreed with the position of the governor that cattle owners should resort to ranching as a panacea to the frequent clashes in the country.

“I come from a family of farmers. When I was young, my family used to move our cows from Colorado to Texas for grazing but later the system changed and we practised ranching,” Symington said.

He noted that the strength of Nigeria lies in its unity even as he enjoined Nigerians to emulate the US by always standing together despite obvious diversities, noting that it was by so doing that the country would be positioned for greatness.

Earlier, Ortom said the state had enjoyed tremendous relationship and goodwill from the US government through intervention in the health sector by USAID and others donor foreign agencies, noting that when he assumed office, most of them had packed out of the state but he had to bring them back.

The governor harped on ranching of cows as being practiced in US and other advanced nations, stressing that it was the only way to stop incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

  • Ify Onabu

    Yes, let ranches be established in Northern Nigeria if they so desire; southerners and middle belters cannot give up their ancestral lands for nomadic Fulanis.

  • Ben Uwasomba

    We hope that Buhari’s APC government will listen to this boutsider candid advise and do the needful.

    • Jon West

      They will not listen. The greedy Sahelian ragheads want everything for free, including the inputs for any business their lazy mind accepts. Therefore for animal husbandry, they want free grass and pasture and are taking it by force, as they took the oil and gas resources of the Niger Delta .
      You have to understand these people to appreciate their modus operandi. They want everything for free because of a mentality of entitlement, unfortunately encouraged by other Nigerians, for reasons of spite and pettiness to other Nigerians.
      To hell with Nigeria!!