Anti-open grazing law: Stop southern govs – Miyetti Allah begs National Assembly


The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has urged the National Assembly to stop the enactment of the open-grazing laws by the Southern governors.

Saleh Alhassan, the National Secretary of the Fulani socio-cultural organisation, said the National Assembly should stop the governors from enacting the law because it targets Fulani pastoralists.

Alhassan made the call at a National Peace Summit and Investiture of Queen Mother Amina Temitope Ajayi as the Miyetti Allah Brand Ambassador, in Nasarawa State.

He said the law would undermine the relative peace and stability currently enjoyed in the local communities, threaten the social order and exacerbated cattle rustling.

Alhassan noted that the anti-open grazing laws would destroy livestock production and send millions of people who depend on the livestock value chain into poverty.

He appealed to the national assembly to rescue the pastoralists by resuscitating and passing the Grazing Reserves Commission Bill and other livestock management bills initiated by the previous assembly.

According to Alhassan: “This is in line with the recommendation of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Livestock Development in Nigeria 2015, the Report of the President Committee on Pastoralists and Insecurity 2014 and National Livestock Transformation Programme.

”He said that the review of the Land Use Act was long overdue to accommodate the interest of all land resources users, including pastoralists. He said that ranching as envisaged by many required capital investment and was difficult to sustain, not economical, and it is not small livestock holder-centred.”