MACBAN STILL AGAINST BENUE ANTI-GRAZING LAW
The leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have said that they have not changed their position on the anti-grazing law passed by the Benue state government.
Benue state passed the law in May, 2017 and it took effect in November, 2017. The law generated a lot of controversy, with Miyetti Allah describing it as a time bomb.
Samuel Ortom, the governor of the state said in April, 2018 that the association had finally accepted to adopt cattle ranching as a solution to the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state. The governor said:
“I think that, in Benue, we are winning because Miyetti Allah and MACABAN have accepted that ranching remains the best option to rear cattle”.
However in a statement by Abdullahi Bodejor, national president of Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, its secretary; and Garus Gololo, chairman communiqué drafting committee, the group insisted the law is a violation of its fundamental human rights.
The group reached this resolution after an emergency meeting in Kaduna on Friday, May 18, 2018.They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Ortom to order, saying that “his actions are a fundamental threat to peaceful coexistence and food security in Nigeria”.
In their statement, they said that:
“We condemn the call by some desperate and jobless groups parading the streets of Abuja looking for crumbs from corrupt politicians agitating for the profiling and stigmatisation of Fulani pastoralist in Nigeria”.
“We urge the attorney-general to ignore their letter as they are hired agents by a sinking governor.
“We totally reject the repressive and oppressive ‘Anti-open Grazing Law’ as it is fundamentally going against our culture, economic interest and constitutional rights and will deploy all the necessary legal means as enshrined in our constitution to challenge it”.
They commended the action of its sister organisation for instituting a suit to challenge the anti-grazing law.
According to them, they had the right to move freely in any part of the country.
“Consequently, we affirm our support and solidarity for the legal action taken by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio- cultural Association to challenge the negative Benue anti- grazing law at the federal high court, Abuja”.