The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said he sent back two sitting governors who visited him in Aso Villa to complain about the frequent clashes between herders and farmers within their individual domains.
According to the President, herders and farmers had been co-existing for decades without rancour or conflict. So, he sent the governors back to go ask the local leaders in their communities what went wrong and what caused the breakdown in communication between the herders and the farmers.
“The herders were in their forests but were going into the neigbouring farms and eating (up) the crop. I said as far as I know, the farmers and the herders have been co-existing in Nigeria, let them go and ask the local leadership what has gone wrong, why the break in communication between the local leadership and the herders which come on seasonal bases?
The routes they follow, the forest they confined themselves to, why are they now extending to the farms of people? I just sent them back,” Buhari said