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Fulani herdsmen dare Wike, graze cows metres away from Aso Villa

A few days after Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Nyesom Wike, warned Fulani herdsmen to stop grazing their cows in the city centre, some Fulani herders were on Sunday seen engaging in open grazing.

The minister, on assumption of office had warned Fulani herdsmen to take their cows out of the city centre, saying that cow grazing in the city centre will not be allowed.

“We cannot allow cows inside the city. It can be outside the city. That is the way it should be done,” Mr Wike had said.

On Sunday, however, News Direct sighted a photo taken by Peoples Gazette that showed a herd of cattle openly grazing around Goodluck Jonathan Expressway, near the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.

Photo of the cows grazing near the CBN were taken by Peoples Gazette on Sunday (Credit: Ahmed Oluwasanjo)

Located at Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way Central Business District, Abuja, the CBN is metres away from Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

Though Mr Wike’s warning against open grazing in the city centre was lauded by many, the return of cows on the streets of Abuja appears Fulani herders will not heed to his directive.

If you recall under the immediate past administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, Fulani herdsmen were freely engaging their cattle in open grazing within the city centre.

Though it was condemned, the administration did nothing about it as herders grazed their cows around the capital.

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