Fulani socio-cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has described the anti-opening grazing law as satanic and a unanimous decision of southern governors to destroy pastoralists means of livelihood.
The organisation said the laws
will destroy livestock production and send into poverty millions of people that depend on the livestock value chain Butchers, transporters, livestock dealers and consumers who are used to affordable sources of beef and milk.
Miyetti Allah group disclosed this in Masaka community, Abuja suburb on Monday at a press briefing, jointly delivered by its national president, Alh. Abdullahi Bode and the national secretary, Engr. Saleh Alhassan.
The briefing was attended by national stakeholders of the group with the theme, “National Cohesion As a Panacea For Peaceful Coexistence Between Farmers And Herders In Nigeria,” and investiture of HRH Queen Mother, Amina Temitope Ajayi Mama Diaspora, as Miyatti Allah brand ambassador.
Alhassan while speaking on behalf of the organisation, called on the National Assembly and President Muhammad Buhari to intervene and stop current attempt by some states governors to criminalise their means of economic livelihood of cattle rearing through the enactment of satanic and obnoxious laws – ‘Anti-open Grazing Laws’ targeted at Fulani Pastoralists.
He further called for proper funding of the National Commission for Nomadic Education and the expansion of its mandate.
“This oppressive laws and hostile policies being enacted by state governors are fundamentally going against the Fulani Pastoralist culture, economic interest and constitutional rights.
“It is important to note that inter-state movement of pastoralists is analogous to inter-state commerce, which is an exclusive preserve of the legislative powers of the National Assembly under item 62 of the Exclusive Legislative List.
“To this effect any action taken by any state Assembly that is in conflict with an above section of the 1999 Constitution as amended
is null and void. These laws do not take into cognizance the sociology, economic, production system, climate variations and other push factors that are inherent in pastoralists movements across ecological zones.
“It is common knowledge that Nigeria’s mode of agricultural practice is still primitive all over the country are not consistent with global best practices, so why singling out the pastoralists who have been suffering from the cumulative years of neglect in terms of development from both federal and state governments,” they added.
In similar a vein, the organisation called on the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom to offer an apology to the Fulani race for what it described as tissues of lies, propaganda profiling of the Fulani pastoralist and falsehood against them.
“Our organisation totally condemn the continuous extortion and profiling of the Fulani pastoralists by the Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state and call on him to offer an apology to the Fulani race.”
The organisation also called on the National Assembly to resuscitate and pass the Grazing Reserves Commission Bill and other Assembly and livestock management bills that were initiated by the previous National Assembly.
“Our Organisation totally condemn the vituperations of one Emir of Muri in Taraba state for the genocidal propaganda against Fulani Pastoralist and have since taken the necessary legal steps against the misguided local monarch and also written to the Taraba state Governor to immediately dethrone him.
“We commend the courageous efforts of the federal government under the progressive leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari for listening to our consistent call to restore the existing grazing reserves and routes and create new ones, as it is the only sustainable solution to the farmers /herders conflicts in the country.”
Speaking on the security issues in Katsina and other north-west states, the organisation condemned the banned of interstate cattle movement in Katsina by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, describing him as a confused and unserious governor.
The body attributed the security challenge in Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi and other northern states to failure of governance.
“Governor Masari is confused and unserious. Most of the herders are from Katsina and the governor should have created ranches for herders to serve as a good example for other state governors to emulate instead of playing to the gallery by ban interstate movement of castles
What is happening in Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi and other northern states is the failure of governance because the governments failed to provide education for teeming youths, leading them to the bandit.”