Anti-Open Grazing: What is the way forward
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To start with, the story of open-grazing by pastoralists and deadly confrontation with peasant farmers, which has led to wanton killings of farmers across the country, is no longer news within and outside Nigeria.
It is a story of the destruction of farmers’ investment, labour, huge farmlands and deprivation of farmers from cultivating on their land. It reveals how non-natives sack the natives’ people from their ancestral land.
The consequences of this story are food shortage and a high cost of living.
Now that some state governments have taken the bold step against open grazing by passing anti-open grazing laws, what should Nigerians expect?
The cover of our maiden edition this week paints a graphic picture of the effects of high cost of food as well as the damage the gun-wielding herdsmen have done to Nigerians.
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