Fulani herdsmen socio-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Kautai Hore, has warned that, the law banning open grazing of cattle in Benue State, and other states planning to follow suit, could plunge Nigeria into a major conflict.
President of the organization in the North West zone, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, who issued the warning at a news conference in Kaduna, called for urgent intervention from well meaning Nigerians, for the scrapping of the anti-open grazing law.
The law is in operation in Benue State, while Taraba plans to introduce it, as from January 2018.
He said the law is a time bomb, as it seeks to deprive Fulani herdsmen of their source of livelihood.
Bodejo asked Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to provide adequate security for Fulani herdsmen, to safeguard them from threat in Benue State and other states planning to introduce anti-open grazing law.
“The grazing law agenda is destroying herders means of livelihood and we are appealing for immediate intervention to safe the Fulani pastoralist from the total destruction of their means of livelihood by current trends from some state governors enacting segregated anti grazing law which targets primarily at the economic livelihood of the herders,” Bodejo said.
Meanwhile, Benue State government has asked herdsmen who are not willing to comply with the state’s anti-open grazing law, to relocate to states where the law is not in force.
The state governor’s special assistant on herdsmen matters, Alhaji Shehu Tambaya, issued the advice while addressing newsmen in Makurdi….