The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has said that the current system of herding through open grazing is no longer sustainable.
In a meeting held virtually on Monday to discuss issues affecting the region, the governors raised concern over the fragile security atmosphere brought about by open grazing in various parts of the country.
Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the forum, Simon Lalong in a communique released on Tuesday expressed deep fears over the eveiction order issued to herdsmen in some parts of the country.
According to the governors, there are fears of reprisals over the situation.
The northern governors called for a meeting of all the governors in the country to discuss the issue.
The communique read partly, “Consequently, the forum resolved to aggressively sensitise herdsmen to the need to adapt new methods of herding by ranching or other acceptable modern methods.
“It appeals to the Federal Government to support states with grants to directly undertake pilot projects of modern livestock production that will serve as springboard and evidence for breaking resistance to the full implementation of new methods of livestock production.
“The Forum resolved to engage elders and youths in a robust discussion with a view to dousing the tense security environment in the North. Accordingly, a four-man committee was put in place to be headed by the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum.”
The governors urged all the citizens of the North to continue to live in peace with all Nigerians, irrespective of their origins and backgrounds.