Southern States Governors made a unanimous decision to stop herders from grazing their herds on the free. Rising from their meeting in Asaba Delta state, they placed a ban on open grazing of cattle in the 17 Southern States of Nigeria.
Their decision has long had contributors taking different stand on the outcome of the governors' meeting. The divide is clear, most Southerners and forward thinking Northerners welcome the decision, while some southerners and conservative Northerners see the decision as an abhorrent one.
One unexpected reaction has joined the mix. One that adds a much inspiring balm to the issues surrounding open grazing.
The Bauchi State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), took a much pragmatic outlook to the ban on open grazing in the South.
MACBAN, Bauchi state branch has called on its members to vacate Southern states of Nigeria where open grazing has been banned.
The Bauchi state Chairman of MACBAN, Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, urged Fulanis to move out of South as it is the simplest and appropriate thing to do. He quipped about the culture of transporting cattle to the South and reinterates the need for the to breed cattle in the North.
According to the Guardian, he aimed a broach on the South that "criminality started in the South. Armed robbery, kidnapping. all started in the South. We have been watching these on television. And if these are being transited to the North, and you know we have a government that is not protecting the Constitution of the nation. Everyone takes laws into his hands."
Mr. Ibrahim did not spare words for the President. Saying the President is not in charge of the country, this is contrary to those who think the President is holding brief for the Fulanis.
Mr. Ibrahim has spoken well in asking his colleagues to return home and do their cattle rearing at home. If the rest buy into it, a new down for all involved will have been heralded. A win-win for all.
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