The Nigeria National Assembly has been advised to reconsider its stand and make it a law to have grazing reserves in every state of the federation just as other businesses strive in all parts of the country without stampede or denial of the right to operate such business.
This statement is coming from the newly elected chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Nasarawa State chapter, Comrade Hassan Mohammed.
He said creating grazing reserve in every state is a modern way of curtailing the activities of the nomadic cattle rearers. As such, he urged the National Assembly to reverse its decision to kill the bill.
According to him, “everyone that is a cattle rearer is a potential member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders, regardless of his/her religion, tribe or disposition, because the Association has never closed its door on anybody who intends to secure registration with us. But what people feel about us most a time is that the association is a Fulanis’ affair but I am telling you that it is a wrong notion.
“It baffles me when some people from the eastern part of the country comes out opposing the bill from being passed into law, when they are the ones that consume the cow meat. I want to tell you that a Fulani man does not eat the cow meat as much as it is consumed in Lagos, Oyo and Anambra States where over 5,000 cows are slaughtered daily, but to my greatest amusement these are the same people opposing a bill that will allow proper feeding of the cow from which the meat they eat is”.
Mohammed, who also reacted to the recent interception of some herdsmen at Keffi by soldiers said, the 36 herdsmen that were arrested are not mischief makers but members of Miyetti Allah vigilant group, whose primary responsibility was to recover rustle cows and that the weapons found on them are merely den guns.