The Nigerian government said on Tuesday that most of the herdsmen carrying out attacks across Nigeria are foreigners.
The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, also stated that the federal government plans to stop illegal entry of cattle rearers into the country.
Speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Abuja, Mr. Ogbeh said the government plants to make a presentation to the Africa Union to bar illegal entry of the foreign cattle rearers into Nigeria.
The stance of the Nigerian government is similar to that of Northern governors who have also said most of the attacking herdsmen are foreigners.
Herdsmen attacks across Nigeria have caused the death of thousands of people in states like Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and Niger. One of the most recent of such attacks occurred in Niger State in the early houses of Sunday causing the death of about 20 people.