Nigerian comedian Atunyota Alleluya Akporobome popularly known as Alibaba has added his voice to the controversy over granting grazing grounds in different parts of the country to Fulani herdsmen for their cattle.
Alibaba posted a fingerprint on Instagram citing that humans are different but problems stem from people forcing others to be like them. He related the analogy to the herdsmen who have been rampaging in several communities in the country over grazing rights.
‘I either let you to graze all over my livelihood or you go craze and destroy my livelihood and even kill all those I am working to keep alive,’ he wrote in his post.
‘Then I am beginning to hear that I should find a way to tolerate your excesses because you, in the process of looking for your livelihood, have run out of grazing land where you came from. I should now vacate my own territory where I am also trying to earn a living to allow you earn a living. And this matter is so serious that NASS of the land wants to tolerate the excesses by giving them a FED approval that will mark out some areas for grazing. Let me ask one stupid question, when there was oil spillage and the people in the Niger Delta did not have a place to fish for a living, did NASS move a motion to creating fishing waters for the fishermen? Or are Herdsmen better than Fishermen?
‘Oh let me ask another question, when these same fishermen could not fish or farm, did NASS move to secure their lives? Or are some people just more important than others? Much as we all have been brought up to tolerate one another, let us keep it that way. In my community, #agbarhaotor, in Ughelli North, Delta State, there are over 40 flow stations scattered… In short, NO to grazing grounds. And that is that!’