Herdsmen association vow to challenge anti-grazing law in court


Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it will continue to challenge the anti-grazing laws introduced by some state governments in court.

The National Secretary of the association, Baba Ngelzarma, made the declaration while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the pastoralists, who were largely uneducated, would view the anti-grazing laws, when implemented, as forcing them out of their ancestral and cultural way of earning a living.

According to him, implementing the laws will create another crisis in the country.

Mr. Ngelzarma said the revival of grazing reserves across the country would aid efforts to stop the roaming of cattle and pastoralists.

He said grazing reserves across the country had been devastated through encroachment by farmers, destruction by desertification or neglect on the part of the government.

“We are going to challenge this anti-grazing law in courts and some of us have taken the matter to international court because that is the only option left for us.

“This is a breach of the constitution and the fundamental human rights of our members.

“We are not against ranching. The pastoralist will embrace it but that cannot be right away but it will be overtime.

“You have to educate them to know the benefits of ranching.

“These pastoralists will take the law as something that is totally strange, a plot to take them away from what they inherited from their forefathers. They will see it as a failure on their part.

“If these grazing reserves that we have in the North can be maintained and rehabilitated, with the provision of boreholes and grasses, I see no reason why the pastoralist will continue to roam around.

“We are sensitising our people to the need for them to remain peaceful; not to originate or look for trouble, not to encroach into peoples’ farms,’’ he said.

The national secretary said that settling down of pastoralists would be slowly achieved through sustained enlightenment.

He added that it would be virtually impossible for pastoralists to roam in the next 10 to 20 years because of the growing population.

Ekiti, Taraba and Benue States have enacted the anti-open grazing laws.

The laws stipulate that herdsmen must engage in cattle ranching in order to rear their animals. (NAN)


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  • john

    They should not hesitate to go to court. Let us see how our land will be giving to them for grazing.

  • Turthseeker

    This is what happens when people deliberately decide to remain backward. Instead of using modern methods, they would rather trek with the cows from place to place and constitute a nuisance Instead of finding ways of getting good hay to ranches. This is the 21st century. Ranching has been practice for over 100 years in civilized climes and has yielded much better beef. I would instead task the southern states to begin ranching with native cows in full force and ban northern cattle. That is when they will wake up.

  • 0tile

    Miyetti people are merely looking for trouble. They want to provoke farmers so as to launch Islamic jihad. If their kinsman Buhari was home they would have carried out more rapes and massacres on unsuspecting farmers while the military and police look the other way. May Imam Buhari keep staying in Ingila until his time is up, that way Nigeria may avoid tribal pogroms and genocide.

    Who can believe that Buhari spent 16 donkey years preparing and running for presidency and when he got it Nigeria went downhills? For the sake of ordinary people may God save the land.

  • Dazmillion

    I thought they are claiming the north has the largest land mass, why not use some of that land for grazing