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We’re not against ban on open grazing – Miyetti Allah Leader says

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Leader of the South East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Gidado Siddiki, has said that they are not opposing the Southern Governors ban on open grazing in all Southern part of the country.

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Sidiki in a statement issues on Tuesday, May 25, said the Governors should be engaged constructively instead of being condemned.

The Miyetti Allah leader further stated while the growing suggestions for improved and more modern mode of livestock keeping could be well taken, a middle course needs to be quickly negotiated in the interim.

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The interim measures include provision of grazing reserves, stock routes, watering points, health and education facilities. He also noted that “the law-abiding herders”had for years lived harmoniously with members of their host communities in parts of the country.

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He said:

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“I do not think we should be quick to condemn the governors over this decision, but rather engage them constructively for the good of all.

The growing suggestions for improved and more modern mode of livestock keeping could be well taken, but a middle course needs to be quickly negotiated in the interim.

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The herders, due to the nature of cattle rearing, are more on transit and are equally exposes to the wanton camp infiltration by often migrant fellows who are criminally minded.

These infiltrators do not spare the law abiding herders, and for their lawless acts, the entire herders, unfortunately, suffer odium.

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However, no singular group ought to be blamed for the failure of a system to protect and preserve the essence of it’s being.

However, the awry activities of some migrant herders have recently provoked unhealthy suspicion against people that have for ages enjoyed the warmth of their neighbourhood.

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There is, therefore, need for a functional engagement to deconstruct the growing hate narrative against our people”.

 

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