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Open Grazing Not Islamic-Masari




The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has categorically condemned open grazing, throwing his weight behind the stance of the southern governors on the issue.

Masari described the practice which, according to him, encourages herders to move from one location to another as ‘’un-Islamic.’’

The governor who spoke at the Government House Katsina as part of activities to mark the second year of his second term in office, argued that necessary infrastructure on livestock farming should be provided in the states for ranching as against open grazing.

He said: ‘’The herders’ movement is essentially in search of two things: water and fodder. If we can provide these two items why should they move? This roaming about I don’t think. For us, it’s un-Islamic and is not the best. It is part of the problem we are having today. I don’t support that we should continue with the way open grazing is.’’

Speaking on devolution of power through restructuring, he said the states urgently need resources to implement what should have been implemented at the federal level.

He said he would support devolution totally, adding that the states need to have resources to implement what should have been implemented by the federal government.

Masari noted: ‘’If today the states will support the police, the Police system will go up. If the states withdraw their support to security agencies, they won’t be able to move from here to there. ‘’So, I absolutely support devolution in totality. So, as a government of Katsina, we should be allowed by the constitution, within the Constitution to decide on many things that are peculiar to us.’’

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