Osun East Senator, Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi has on Wednesday shown his support for the legislation to stop the movement of cattle across the country.
He believed that as long as herdsmen continued to move cattle across the country, clashes with farmers would be inevitable therefore by placing a law to restrict such movements, the government could stop unnecessary bloodshed across the country.
Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State Governor had already presented the idea to the National Assembly last week during a meeting.
Although the idea seemed plausible, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Nasiru felt otherwise, stating that such law would contradict the part of the constitution for the right of freedom of movement of Nigerian citizens irrespective of state of birth or nativity.
In response to the argument presented by Senator Nasiru, Fadahunsi said that such law would be against the movement of cattle and not people.
“The purpose of government is the security of lives and welfare of the citizens, and such law will save lives by avoiding conflicts between herders and farmers.
“This does not contradict the constitution. The freedom of movement is for citizens, human beings and not for cows,” he said.
Furthermore, Fadahunsi stressed on the need for the Nigerian government to strengthen its borders’ security especially in the Northern part of the country where armed immigrant terrorists have been a source of national crisis.
He advised for adequate and superior ammunition to be deployed to the Military, Immigration Service and Customs Service to combat these hoodlums.