The National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group has called on the Federal Government, particularly president Buhari and the house of the senate to caution southern governors who have signed the Anti-Open grazing bill into law.
The group reacted after many southern states which include Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states signed the Anti-Open grazing bill into their state laws.
The law was created by southern governors to prevent herders from grazing openly in unapproved public and private places. The Miyetti Allah group who are affected directly by the new law have come out to reject the law which they described as 'Satanic' and politically motivated.
In an interview with Sunday Punch, the group's secretary stated that the group doesn't see anything good in such laws which according to him do not engender peace and are politically motivated.
He stated that the laws will not succeed because the herders are innocent and are also victims of insurgency. He threatened to drag the state governors to court for creating the Anti-Open grazing laws which do not favor the herders.
He also called on the Federal government, particularly the President and the Senate house to 'caution these governors' and wade in on the matter. He stated that the economy cannot be destroyed because the governors want to make laws.
During the interview, he questioned the decision of the Lagos state government to sign the Anti-grazing bill into law because according to him, the cows in Lagos are for sale and not for grazing.
He also mentioned that governors of the southern states do not need the Anti-Open grazing law but need to regulate their abattoirs and cattle markets.
Some southern states have already reacted to the legal threats made by Miyetti Allah and are ready to defend the Anti-Open grazing law. The government of Lagos through the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho stated that the group is free to challenge the law since it is their legal right.
He said that he doesn't know what they have against the law since the interests of everyone, including the herders were considered before the laws were made.
He defended the Anti-Open grazing law and stated that it will be upheld as long as it serves everyone. The governments of Ogun and Ondo state also had similar reactions after the Miyetti Allah group threatened to sue the states.
Some states like Ogun state have already given the herders a six-month ultimatum before it becomes unlawful for herders to occupy unapproved public spaces and private lands with their animals for grazing.
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