Miyetti Allah Seeks FG’s Intervention Over Benue Anti-grazing Law

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By DANJUMA JOSEPH, Lafia –

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue State Chapter, has appealed to the federal government to prevail on the Benue State government, to withdraw the implementation of its Anti-Open Grazing Law, which took effect on 1st November.

MACBAN, made the call during a press briefing at the weekend held at the Dunoma Hotel, Bukan Sidi, Lafia in Nasarawa State.

The North Central zonal chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Danladi Ciroma, said the call has become necessary because the right of his people as Nigerians, has been trampled upon by the Anti-grazing Law, in Benue State.

Parts of the new anti-grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination to another, in the state is hereby prohibited. Such movement shall only be by rail wagon, truck or pick up wagon. (5) Any person(s) found moving livestock on foot across urban centers, rural settlements or any part of the state commits an offence and is liable.”

Giving reasons for the press briefing, Alhaji Ciroma said, “The said law has far reaching negative impact on the part of Fulani Herdsmen, and thus necessitating this press briefing to ex-ray the law and assert publicly the position of MACBAN, Benue State”

“The fulcrum of this press briefing is to bring to the fore the risk a typical Fulani herd man and his properties are exposed to as far as the implementation of the Benue State open grazing law is concern and to call on the attention of the national leaders of the MACBAN, its revered trustees, the federal government, the international community, corporate entities and spirited individuals to as a matter of urgency wade into this sensitive issue and have it resolved.

“MACBAN, Benue State Chapter and indeed its national officials are not reputed for issuance of threats, but rather a peace loving association who respect the sacredness of human life and thus, will not give inflammatory remarks or conduct itself in such a manner that will erode peace and endanger human lives, hence this press briefing.”

Alhaji Ciroma argued that not all herdsmen that graze cattle are Fulani and not all Fulani herdsmen are the real owners of herds, because according to him about 45 percent of cattle in Benue State, are owned by well-placed persons in the state, including Tiv, Idoma and Hausas.

Turning back to the anti-grazing law, he said, “Furthermore, the anti-open gazing law deliberately ignore the fact that Benue State, is the major route wherein Fulani herdsmen pass through from northern to southern Nigeria, depending on the season.”

He also faulted the Benue State government for zero awareness campaign on the benefit of cattle ranching as stipulated in the anti-grazing law saying, “This is because the Fulani are greatly unaware that there is better way of cattle rearing which the law under reference prefers to his traditional cattle rearing. Larger percent of Fulani herdsmen are unaware that their traditional method of rearing cattle has being proscribed by law and thus, any attempt to impound their cattle will not be succumbed,” he said.

Miyetti Allah Seeks FG’s Intervention Over Benue Anti-grazing Law

By DANJUMA JOSEPH, Lafia

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue State Chapter, has appealed to the federal government to prevail on the Benue State government, to withdraw the implementation of its Anti-Open Grazing Law, which took effect on 1st November.

MACBAN, made the call during a press briefing at the weekend held at the Dunoma Hotel, Bukan Sidi, Lafia in Nasarawa State.

The North Central zonal chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Danladi Ciroma, said the call has become necessary because the right of his people as Nigerians, has been trampled upon by the Anti-grazing Law, in Benue State.

Parts of the new anti-grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination to another, in the state is hereby prohibited. Such movement shall only be by rail wagon, truck or pick up wagon. (5) Any person(s) found moving livestock on foot across urban centers, rural settlements or any part of the state commits an offence and is liable.”

Giving reasons for the press briefing, Alhaji Ciroma said, “The said law has far reaching negative impact on the part of Fulani Herdsmen, and thus necessitating this press briefing to ex-ray the law and assert publicly the position of MACBAN, Benue State”

“The fulcrum of this press briefing is to bring to the fore the risk a typical Fulani herd man and his properties are exposed to as far as the implementation of the Benue State open grazing law is concern and to call on the attention of the national leaders of the MACBAN, its revered trustees, the federal government, the international community, corporate entities and spirited individuals to as a matter of urgency wade into this sensitive issue and have it resolved.

“MACBAN, Benue State Chapter and indeed its national officials are not reputed for issuance of threats, but rather a peace loving association who respect the sacredness of human life and thus, will not give inflammatory remarks or conduct itself in such a manner that will erode peace and endanger human lives, hence this press briefing.”

Alhaji Ciroma argued that not all herdsmen that graze cattle are Fulani and not all Fulani herdsmen are the real owners of herds, because according to him about 45 percent of cattle in Benue State, are owned by well-placed persons in the state, including Tiv, Idoma and Hausas.

Turning back to the anti-grazing law, he said, “Furthermore, the anti-open gazing law deliberately ignore the fact that Benue State, is the major route wherein Fulani herdsmen pass through from northern to southern Nigeria, depending on the season.”

He also faulted the Benue State government for zero awareness campaign on the benefit of cattle ranching as stipulated in the anti-grazing law saying, “This is because the Fulani are greatly unaware that there is better way of cattle rearing which the law under reference prefers to his traditional cattle rearing. Larger percent of Fulani herdsmen are unaware that their traditional method of rearing cattle has being proscribed by law and thus, any attempt to impound their cattle will not be succumbed,” he said.