- The umbrella group for Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore, has disclosed why it would not accept cattle ranching
- The group stated that Nigeria’s geographical location was not suitable for ranching, and described the whole ‘experiment of ranching’ in Nigeria as a total failure
- The herdsmen stated that the anti-open grazing law being enacted in some states was an agenda by visionless and desperate politicians to destroy their means of livelihood
Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore, the umbrella group for Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, have stated that they would not accept cattle ranching because Nigeria’s geographical location was not suitable for it, Vanguard reports.
The association’s position was made public by its national secretary, Saleh Alhassan, in a chat with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, November 19.
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NAIJ.com gathers that Alhassan stated that the anti-open grazing law which has been established in some states would die a natural death like ‘political sharia law’ in Zamfara; and called on the federal government to stop state governments from enacting the law.
He stated: “The whole experiment of ranching in Nigeria is a total failure. You can google it; it’s there on the Internet for everyone to see.
“Right from the 70s, the old Gongola state had experimented ranching, the same with Kaduna state and even the old Plateau state. All the ranches collapsed because the geographical location of this country is not suitable for ranching.
“In places where there are successful ranching in the world, the volume of rain per annum in those areas is at least four to seven months, that’s why you have grasses that can naturally be sustained.
“At the same time, you must have the necessary breeds that will support even ranching. The current breeds we have in this country cannot be supported by ranching.
“Anywhere you keep these volume of cows we have now for two weeks, they will eat out everything and you will have ecological disaster.”
He continued: “We view the anti-grazing law as an agenda to destroy our means of livelihood by visionless and desperate politicians.
“Anti-grazing laws are nothing but populist agendas designed by visionless and desperate politicians to destroy our means of livelihood.
“This dangerous gambit must be nipped in the bud by the federal government through the security agencies as it portends a great danger to the cooperate existence of the country.
“These laws are oppressive and negative and are fundamentally against our culture as Fulani pastoralists, against our economic interest and against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the newly enacted anti-open grazing law was described as a time bomb by the umbrella group for Fulani herdsmen, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.
The national president of the association, Abdullahi Bodejo, and Sale Alhassan, its secretary, stated that the law was an attempt to destroy the means of livelihood of the herdsmen.
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