A group of youths in Plateau State, Monday, took to the streets, protesting the inclusion of the state among states that have agreed to contribute lands for the purpose of establishing grazing reserves.
The youths under the auspices of Plateau G17 Youths for Peace and Progress Forum have asked government to rescind the decision and engage citizens.
The convener and leader of the forum, Dachung Bagos, expressed his fears about the government’s action. He said that the move could jeopardise the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
In its reaction, the government through the Director General of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang, denied involvement in any decision on the grazing reserve policy.
Discussions about the establishment of grazing reserves have gained prominence following increased attacks by suspected Fulani Herdsmen on farming communities across the country. Reports say attacks by the herdsmen have led to more deaths than attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in 2016.