Anti-Open Grazing Law Hasn’t Brought Peace to Benue, Miyetti Allah Knocks Akeredolu

 Rotimi Akeredolu

The umbrella body of herdsmen in the country, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has berated Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for signing into law the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly.

MACBAN Secretary General, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, while a guest on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ programme on Thursday said a similar law assented to by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, has not brought any peace to the State.

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According to him, the law has rather aggravated the situation to becoming worse, day in day out.

He therefore advised Akeredolu, to create an inclusive law that would accommodate the interest of pastoralists in his State.

The MACBAN chieftain stressed that laws are supposed to bring harmony and understanding in a community and not to further divide the people, noting that pastoralists were not invited to public hearings before some states in the Southern part of the country passed their respective anti-open grazing laws.

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