The newly sworn in minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, says open cattle grazing in the capital city will no longer be allowed, while adding that the herders will have to take their cows for grazing outside the city centre.
“We will consult with the herdsmen and talk to them to see how we will stop, we cannot allow cows inside the city. It can be outside the city. That is the way it should be done,” Mr Wike said.
“Because the grasses are outside the city. The grasses are not here. These are grasses we planted to beautify the city. The ones outside the area councils are the ones they can eat.”
Mr Wike said this during his first media briefing after being sworn in as FCT minister on Monday.
The minister also condemned open grazing in the city centre, saying it does not portray Nigeria well in the face of foreigners who come to Abuja.
In the past eight years, under former President Muhammadu Buhari, Fulani herdsmen engaged their cattle in open grazing within the city centre.
Though it was condemned, Mr Buhari’s administration did nothing about it as herders grazed their cows across the city centre from Jabi district to Asokoro, Maitama to Central Business District, where the State House, National Assembly and Supreme Court are located.