– The recent statement by the Southern Governors Forum is still generating reactions across the country.
– The governors had unilaterally banned open grazing in all of southern Nigeria.
– The governors’ decision was rejected by one of the groups representing pastoralists in Nigeria
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Ho * re has vowed not to comply with the recent ban on open grazing in southern Nigeria by the Southern Governors Forum.
The group described the ban as “empty politics” and added that the governors have declared war on the shepherds by proclaiming the ban.
The spokesman for the Group, Saleh Alhassan, spoke in an exclusive interview with The Punch newspaper published on Monday 17th May.
“We condemn it, it is completely unacceptable to us. You can’t ban our business without providing ranches. Let them run ranches for us, we don’t have the land, we are ready to ranch, we are willing to pay, let them create the environment for us.
“The ban is an empty policy because it has no basis. You can’t ban our business, we are not criminals. Let them go after the bandits and criminals.
“We cannot adhere to an empty policy. If they set up ranches and ask us to go there, we will go there, but they can’t wake up one day and say they are banning our business.
“If the governors stop us from grazing, they are preparing for the confrontation. Their action is a declaration of war on the shepherds. “
Alhassan said the group would take legal action against the southern governors if they stopped the pastoralists’ business.
Recall that another organization representing shepherds in the country, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), previously said the north could not afford it to ignore the recent unanimous decision of the southern governors to ban open grazing in their states.
MACBAN’s national secretary, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, stated that the governors of the North must rise to the challenge by devising their own solution that is universally acceptable. Meanwhile, Delta State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said on Saturday, May 15 that the resolutions recently adopted at the Southern Governors Forum meeting in Asaba serve the good of Nigeria.
The governor said that anyone who came across the forum’s resolutions thinking about a better Nigeria, n ot meant good for the nation.
He also praised his colleagues in southern Nigeria for putting the nation’s interest above political affiliations, tribalism, religious inclinations and selfish interests. < / p>