SHENDAM, NIGERIA -
The incessant clashes between farmers and pastoralists is a clear indication that the old fashioned way of raising livestock through the so-called livestock routes and grazing reserves is outdated and unsustainable, hence the urgent need for the establishment of ranches by land owners for rent to those with livestock but without land, Archbishop Mathew Man’Oso Ndagoso has said.
Archbishop Ndagoso who is the Metropolitan of Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province stated this in his homily recently at the Centenary ground of Shendam diocese during the celebration of the Episcopal ordination and installation Mass of Most Reverend Philip Davou Dung as the Second Catholic Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Shendam.
The prelate who identified the root causes of the incessant deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen as the constant movement of herders and pastoralists in search of greener pastures for their animals urged the government as a matter of urgency to establish ranches in the country.
“We urge all those concerned, to, as a matter of urgency, to do the needful to encourage the creation of the enabling environment for the gradual establishment of ranches by governments, communities, and individuals etc to help curb the ugly trend that is threatening the corporate existence of our country.” He noted
Archbishop Mathew Ndagoso reinstated the position of the Catholic Bishops of Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province on the matter by quoting their joint statement:
“Going forward, we must note that the debate about herdsmen and pastoralists is a debate about the future of our human survival, environment and our country. We must abandon the old practice of herdsmen moving in droves across the country especially given the violence this has unleashed on our people. Today, entire communities have been destroyed and the anger in the land is palpable. We are convinced that the only way forward is for the government to arrest this drift of herdsmen and their animals by exploring the options of creating Ranches instead of grazing reserves. We believe that the creation of Ranches will make both economic and humane sense for our people.”