Duoye Diri , Bayelsa State governor, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that grazing routes should be reactivated across the country.
Buhari said this during a recent interview with Arise TV.
The President said reactivation of grazing routes will help to curb herders-farmers clash in Nigeria.
Reacting to this during a media chat on Saturday, Diri pointed out that there are no grazing routes to be revived in Bayelsa.
The governor stated that indigenes of the state are predominantly fishermen.
He also disclosed that his administration has put in place a legal framework to ban open grazing and movement of cattle on foot, adding that he cannot afford to expose residents of the state to dangers of such practices.
“For us, there are no cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa State,” he said.
“Our people are traditionally and occupationally fishermen. The idea of cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa is very strange to us in this part of the country.
“There may be cattle grazing routes in the North but what is applicable in the North may not be applicable to us in the South.
“I don’t want to believe we are running a unitary system of government.”