The tradition where herders take their animals for open grazing is no longer sustainable in the country, the Northern governors, have said.
They said this during an emergency meeting held virtually on Monday to discuss issues affecting the region and the country.
A communiqué issued in Jos on Tuesday by the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum (NGF) and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, said the governors were worried over the tension generated by the eviction order issued to herdsmen in some parts of the country, which was heating an already fragile security situation.
“The forum resolved to aggressively sensitise herdsmen on the need to adopt new methods of herding by ranching or other acceptable modern methods,” the Communique said.
“Forum resolved to engage elders and youths in a robust discussion with a view to dousing the tensed security environment in the north.”
It said the governors would discuss the issue “holistically with a view to resolving all areas of misunderstanding and conflicts arising from these threats and suspicion for the sake of national unity.”