Anti-Open Grazing Law Is Promoting Hatred – Miyetti Allah
The Secretary-General, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Mr Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, has accused the Benue State government of enacting the Anti-Open Grazing law to promote hatred.
Baba-Ngelzerma stated this on Thursday during an appearing on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
“There is a law in Benue that has not solved a problem. Instead of solving it, it has further aggravated the ember of hatred in Benue State,” he said.
According to him, the essence of establishing laws was to create peace and harmony rather than conflict, but the opposite is the case with the anti-open grazing law.
Baba-Ngelzerma’s comments come amid continued attacks and killings in the north-central state, popularly known as the Food Basket of the Nation.
He believes the core essence of the law has been defeated as farmers and herdsmen have all recorded losses and casualties.
“On the eve of the implementation of the law, the governor said it is a win-win situation. But today, let us reflect and see,” he added.
“Who is a winner out of this law? Nobody is a winner, the farmers are not winners, so also the pastoralists are not winners. Even the government is not winning because people are losing their lives by the day, people are taken out of their comfort zone, kept in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.”
The MACBAN’s leader, therefore, called on the state government to provide another alternative that would accommodate both parties and prevent further loss of lives and properties in the state.
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