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No More Open Grazing In The Cities Of Federal Capital Territory – Wike


The newly inaugurated Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, has declared that open cattle grazing within the capital city is now prohibited.

He suggests that Fulani herders should move their cattle outside the urban areas for grazing.

Mr. Wike stated, “We plan to engage in dialogue with the herders to find a solution. Grazing within the city limits is unacceptable.

Suitable grazing areas are located outside the city, and that’s where it should take place.”

He made this announcement during his initial press briefing after taking up the role of FCT minister on Monday.

Pointing out the importance of the city’s image, Mr. Wike remarked that open grazing, especially in the city centre, presents a negative image of Nigeria to foreigners visiting Abuja.

Under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, open grazing by Fulani herdsmen within the city was prevalent for the past eight years.

Despite criticisms, the Buhari-led government did not intervene, allowing cattle to graze freely in central areas, including Jabi district, Asokoro, Maitama, and the Central Business District.

All these cities are home to significant landmarks like the State House, National Assembly, and the Supreme Court.