The Northern Youth Leader’s Forum (NYLF) has called on the Nigerian Government to as a matter of importance and national interest, consider the national dialogue and ban on open grazing.
Mr Elliot Afiyo, National Chairman of the forum made the call during a news briefing in Yola.
He said to enforce completely the ban on open grazing, the Nigerian Government need to establish Herders Commission or Agency to carter for the need of the Herders.
Afiyo said this should be done through selective programmes to effectively kick-start the ranching system.
“We have taken time to study extensively the communique issued by the Southern Governors especially on the ban on open grazing and national dialogue.
“We want to state clearly that open grazing has been the greatest threat to the environment of the northern region and also a major threat to the security of lives and property in the entire country.
“The national dialogue is also a necessity considering the clamour and demands for restructuring and secessions.
“But we are totally opposed to the use of 2014 Constitutional Conference Report, because to us generally in the North, the Report lacks credibility because the delegates especially from the northern part of the country, were hand-picked based on agreements of loyalty.
“To this end, the NYLF during our special delegate conference resolved to totally support the call for national dialogue and ban on open grazing.
“We call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency and national interest, consider these calls as duty calls to obey and immediately too”, he said.
According to him, the 2021 Conference is supposed to be special as it was designed to endorse and announce the Forum’s choice candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
He added that for some circumstances beyond control, it has been postponed to 5 June 2021, at Abuja,” the group said.
They further announced that notwithstanding, their decision to endorse either Governor Bala Mohammed or High Chief Raymond Dokpesi still stands despite intimidations and threats.
“We have convincing reasons to back up our decision and standpoints,” Afiyo said.