The Northern states’ governors forum says there are already threats of reprisals in the North over the ongoing eviction notices given to Fulani herdsmen in the South.
The forum says it is working hard to contain the threats.
The forum noted that it had resolved to “urgently meet” to discuss the issue holistically and look at the sources of conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and southern communities.
The forum said the current system of herding conducted mainly through open grazing was no longer sustainable in view of the growing urbanisation and large populations of the country.
The forum reached these conclusions during its virtual emergency meeting held to discuss issues affecting the region.
The meeting was presided over by forum chairman and Plateau governor Simon Lalong.
It added that it would aggressively sensitise herdsmen to the need to adopt new methods of herding by ranching or other acceptable modern methods.
The governors, therefore, appealed to the Nigerian government to support states with grants to directly undertake pilot projects of modern livestock production that will serve as a springboard and evidence for breaking resistance to the full implementation of new methods of livestock production.
The forum’s follows the unlawful anti-Fulani crusade embarked upon by Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho in the South-West and Biafra separatists in the South-East.
Both groups accuse Fulani herdsmen and settlers of vandalism, kidnapping, rape and murder.