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Grazing reserve’ll trigger national crisis —Cleric

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HAR-COURT—A cleric in Rivers State, Pastor Simeon Afolabi, has kicked against the call for grazing reserve to be allocated to Fulani herdsmen round the country, saying it will trigger off national crisis.

Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Afolabi who is founding Pastor of First Love Assembly, said that the reserve will create incessant clashes between natives and the  Fulani herdsmen, adding that government should spare the nation a repeat of the crisis in the South-South.

“Fulani herdsmen will be a time bomb in the country if you give them grazing reserve, it will create a problem of settlers,” he said.

You cannot rob one people to pay the other. There are models all over the world, you don’t see herds of cows on the streets of London as you see in Nigeria. Let government apply what they see abroad,” he said.

Herdsmen with their cattle

He enjoined the Federal Government to revisit the recommendations of the National Conference in 2015, saying that they have the capacity to resolve challenges of militancy and agitations in several parts of the country.

“Agitation is everywhere in the country and it is an indication that something is wrong with our system. None of the issues should be treated in isolation. The Federal Government should go back to the outcome of the national conference in 2015 to begin to solve the nation’s problems,” he said.

The cleric advised youths in the country to shun crime and cultism, saying that hard work was the surest way to success.

He said the young ones should learn from the game of football where losing teams don’t give up, stressing that in some situations, these teams turn out to win the tournament at the end of the day.


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