We don’t oppose Southern governors’ ban on open grazing –Miyetti Allah

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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has disclosed that they support the Southern governors’ ban on open grazing

National Patron of MACBAN, Senator Walid Jibrin, said this on Thursday in Kaduna.

He said, “As a concerned Fulani leader in Nigeria, I have a free mind on anyone recommending a ban on open grazing, free movement of herders and cattle in Nigeria because the practice is getting outdated internationally and is therefore necessary for Nigeria especially Fulani race to study critically the traditional open grazing believing that the 21st century may never accommodate it.

“When you look at the practice of open grazing in Nigeria compared with what is happening Internationally, Nigeria can never continue with traditional open grazing practice.

“In order to effect a change, the Fulani elites should be bold enough to come out with alternatives to open grazing and advise the Fulanis in Nigeria accordingly.

“Most importantly the various Fulani associations with membership up to 50 must come together and talk with one voice on this tradition of open grazing and not necessarily allow any group to come out to do it for them.

“I have fully observed the feeling of many groups and individuals in Nigeria about open grazing. There is so much condemnation from Nigerian governors, Northern governors, Southern governors etc.

“These groups and individuals should never be condemned and must be praised for their bold comments trying to modernise and improve cattle rearing in Nigeria.

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“Another reason why we should shun away from open grazing is the way old methods of settlements of crises between herdsmen and farmers have been abandoned.

“May I seize this opportunity to congratulate all the governors for the bold steps they are taking to curb the menace of open grazing, kidnapping and banditry.

“Nigeria must remain one entity and one Nigeria as against what is happening now. We should rely more on dialogue and mediation with herders, Fulani leaders, traditional rulers and our governors in order to end this feud.

“Finally, I strongly appeal to the federal and state governments to maintain all existing grazing reserves by providing special amenities mentioned in my earlier suggestions.

“It is also necessary that the government uses the services of World Bank to archive all plans that will come out of well modernised grazing reserves in Nigeria.”

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