Miyettei Allah fumes over Ondo anti open grazing law, calls for inclusive laws for pastoralists.

Written by on September 3, 2021

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Thursday said the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 has not brought any peace to Benue State despite that it was assented to by Governor Samuel Ortom four years ago.

The group, therefore, advised Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to create an inclusive law that would accommodate the interest of pastoralists in host communities in the South-West state.

MACBAN Secretary General, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, who made this known while speaking with newsmen, said laws are supposed to bring harmony and understanding in a community and not to further divide the people.

He also said pastoralists were not invited to public hearings before some states in the Southern part of the country passed their respective anti-open grazing laws.

The 17 Southern governors led by Akeredolu had met in Lagos on July 5, 2021, and “set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September, 2021 for the promulgation of the anti open grazing law in all member states”.

Akeredolu had on August 31, 2021, signed into law, the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly.

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