The federal government has been asked to provide a financial bailout for herdsmen in Nigeria. The demand was made by the Nigerian Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern
The group also tasked state governments to key into the idea and help provide land for ranching in their domain
The suggestion was contained in a press statement issued on Wednesday, February 3 by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
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Part of the statement read:
“Concerning financial capacity, this is where the federal government should come in. The federal government must be prepared to stoop in order to conquer. A huge bailout must be granted to herders and cow owners to enable them buy land and set up ranches. “Such a bailout is not new and the herders/farmers conundrum necessitates it. After all banks, airlines, private vehicle producing companies, petroleum importers, and even farmers have received subsidies, bailouts, and waivers in the past. It is now the turn of herders and cow owners and the time to do it is now.”
In a related development, the federal government has called on Nigerians to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and some parts of Oyo state. The government implored all citizens in the country to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue, good neighborliness, and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment that can only lead to anarchy.