Questions to Nigeria’s Southwest legislators: which “414 grazing reserves nationwide” is Buhari planning to “rehabilitate” & “stock”? – Tola Adenle

August 19, 2016



Southwest Lawmakers of Nigeria(APC, PDP …)

Care Senator Ṣọla Adeyẹye

Abuja, Nigeria


Dear Senators & House Representatives,

Pardon this unusual way of sending this through Senator Adeyeye. It is the only way I can forward this message. Also pardon the implication – it is the way I see all lawmakers from the southwest – that you are all one and the same because the interest you all should represent should reflect the wishes of Southwestern Nigeria, regardless of party affiliation.

I chose Senator Adeyeye as the recipient to help get this out because he’s perhaps the only one that I really know being one of my [ọṣun] state’s senators, the main reason of addressing this to him. A second reason is that I have been in communication with him on related subject and others concerning the region from an online group to which I belong quite a few times.

The news report below is from, and while I do not know the veracity of the story, we have to believe it.

A few questions are in order considering the way things are in Nigeria today:

  • Where are the 414 grazing reserves centres located as they are supposedly already in existence and merely need “rehabilitation”?
  • Who instituted them, and when were they instituted?
  • When did “National Coordinator, Grazing Reserve Rehabilitation at the Federal
    Ministry of Agriculture, Mahmud Ibrahim” get appointed, and what was Mahmud Ibrahim’s previous position within the “federal” set-up?
  • What is meant by “stock routes across the country”, and where are they for the cows and the cattlemen?
  • Why would the central government fund – as seems to be apparent here – this project that lawmakers supposedly jettisoned earlier?
  • If the House – as Nigerians were informed – did not vote for a grazing reserve Bill, how did this new abracadabra arise? 
  • Isn’t the supposed not-passed-Bill going to enter through a back door?


I believe all South-westerners should be able to sink whatever political differences as all can, and should have the home base as the most important; we are Yorubas first, just as other ethnic groups never forget they are-this-or-they-are-that. Nothing should prevent governors, lawmakers, et cetera from getting together to discuss issues of common interest on bipartisan basis just as Northern governors … are often in the news as getting together. After all, there’s a news report today that the serving US Secretary of State, John Kerry will meet the president and Northern governors on his expected visit. This is perfectly in order, especially considering the fact that the most-affected areas by Boko Haram is the Northern States.

Just as many of us were beginning to lose hope in the leadership of our region, the APC’s top hierarchy, I must mention that in the same vein, APC leaders, who had been quoted as having declared “restructuring” as not feasible, reportedly met to table same subject in today’s papers:Fulaniherdsman

The South West Zone of the APC met at Ibadan, and discussing the theme of the conference, “Challenges of Change in Nigeria”, they called for fundamental restructuring of Nigeria, true and genuine federalism and an all-inclusive participatory government …

Among those in attendance according to were the governors of Oyo, Osun and Ogun states, Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was  represented by his deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga.
Others were the minister of Communications, Barr. Bayo Shittu; minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the APC National Deputy Chairman (South), Engr. Olusegun Oni; and the APC National Vice Chairman (South West Zone), Chief Pius Oluwole Akinyelure … state chairmen of the party from the entire states in the South West as well as other political office holders. [Link at bottom of page.]

We – through all of our elected representatives, including our governors, MUST NEVER ALLOW ANY GRAZING FIELD IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA. Cattle-rearing is a private and very profitable business, and those who profit from the enterprise – mostly the North – must finance how the cattle are fed before being transported to the South, where most cows are slaughtered for consumption. WE – THROUGH YOU – MUST NEVER ALLOW THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO FINANCE THE RAISING OF CATTLE through allocations to the Ministry of Agriculture.

THIS is one of the important reason why the fight for true federalism must be fought and won, otherwise any forced unity will eventually fail .


You have my sincere regards,  TOLA ADENLE.



The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is set to

rehabilitate the 414 grazing reserve centres and stock routes across the
country, what it described as steps taken to end the clash between farmers
and Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country.

National Coordinator, Grazing Reserve Rehabilitation at the Federal
Ministry of Agriculture, Mahmud Ibrahim, disclosed this while speaking
during a sensitisation and mobilisation programme on the issue at
Wawazange Grazing Reserve in Dukkku Local Council of Gombe State.

Ibrahim said government would not rest until the lingering crisis between
farmers and cattle breeders ended.

According to him, the project, which is being carried out by the Federal
Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, is in conjunction with
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to curtail the crisis
among farmers and herdsmen in the country.

He said 10 states had already been mandated for the rehabilitation of the
grazing reserves and stock routes. National Secretary of the breeders’
association, Baba Ngajarma, lauded the effort made by the government,
saying that the project would sensitise farmers and herdsmen, adding that
they must shun violence and embrace one another.

News report on the Ibadan APC Conference:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016. 5:40 p.m.[GMT]



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3 Comments on “Questions to Nigeria’s Southwest legislators: which “414 grazing reserves nationwide” is Buhari planning to “rehabilitate” & “stock”? – Tola Adenle”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    This is the problem with our leaders, as long as they are not directly affected, they don’t care. What are the local people to do but to eventually take law to their hand if the government thinks they have the power to impose overnight new law on them?



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      Thank you very much.

      I know, like most of us, that crying ourselves hoarse may seem to be for nought but things do have to, and will have to change as you noted. Nigeria is a country in need of cleansing.


      Liked by 1 person


    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      I concur. The so-called leaders never really care as long as they are not affected which, as you note, leads to lawlessness but how long must this go on?


      Liked by 1 person


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