MIYETTI ALLAH SUPPORTS END TO NIGHT GRAZING IN NIGERIA, SUES FOR PEACE
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, (MACBAN) has attributed night grazing as one of the major causes of conflicts between farmers and herders, adding that it supports that the practise must stop all over the country.
The National Secretary of the Association Baba Uthman who represented Muhammadu Kirowa, the MACBAN president, disclosed this on Monday during a meeting with Governors in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Recall that community members in Ibarapa local government in Oyo State who fingered Fulani herdsmen as responsible for the kidnappings and other criminal activities in their area, evicted the herders over the weekend.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also made similar accusations against the Fulanis in his territory and ordered the herders to vacate Ondo State Forest Reserves in 7 days which expired on Sunday.
In a meeting attended by Governors of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Jigawa, and Kebbi states, Baba Uthman said the poor management of the relationship between herders and farmers is responsible for the recent crisis.
Uthman disclosed that MACBAN has also lost 10,000 members and over 5,000 cows to insecurity in the country.
He said MACBAN members are peaceful and are willing to work with the government to combat all criminal activities.
"All our state excos are to work with security outfits within the ambit of the law. We condemn all forms of criminality and will not condone such," Uthman said.
Below are highlights of issues discussed in the meeting;
(i) Night grazing should be banned henceforth
(ii) Under age herding is Inimical to security and hence be banned
(iii) Occupation of State Forest Reserves illegally is condemned.