Anti-Open Grazing Law Is Promoting Hatred – Miyetti Allah

The Secretary-General, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Mr Usman Baba-Ngelzerma


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.


Herdsmen Attack: Miyetti Allah Asks Fayose To Show Statesmanship

Miyetti-Allah, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti, HerdsmenThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show statesmanship over the recent alleged herdsmen attack on a community in his state.

The Secretary General of the Association, Baba Ngelzerma, made the appeal on Wednesday while reacting to the Governor’s ban on public grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.

“The statement that the Governor issued, I think he has to exercise some restraint (and) he has to show statesmanship on solving this issue,” he said.

Mr Ngelzerma said on Sunrise Daily that the association was making efforts to meet with Governor Fayose, adding that the association was in contact with its branch in Ekiti State over the matter.

He admitted that there were bad ones amongst them but urged the public not to put blames on the herdsmen until an investigation was conducted.

“Like every other community in Nigeria, we have our own criminals too but then, you cannot jump to conclusion and just apportion blame on a particular group even before an investigation is conducted,” he said.

One-sided Dissemination of Information
The Miyetti Allah Secretary General disclosed that the association had convened a meeting last week, to look at ways of solving the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and various communities across Nigeria.

Ngelzerma stressed that the media had a major role to play in solving the crises while he commended Channels Television for giving them the opportunity to tell their own side of the story.

He condemned the one-sided dissemination of information to the public, urging other broadcast organisations to emulate Channels Television and balance their stories.