The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has appealed to the National Assembly to stop the Southern governors from assenting the open-grazing laws.
The National Secretary of the group, Saleh Alhassan made this call at a National Peace Summit which held in Nasarawa State.
Alhassan argued that the anti-open grazing law is a ploy targeted against fulani pastoralists.
Recall that the southern governors in a meeting had resolved to ban open grazing in their respective states in order to curb the infiltration of armed bandits into the region.
Since the resolution, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State as anti-open grazing bill into law, while states house of assembly like Enugu, Bayelsa, Ekiti and Rivers have all passed the anti-open grazing bill, as of press time.
Reacting to the development, Alhassan said the law would undermine the relative peace and stability currently enjoyed in the local communities, threaten the social order and exacerbated cattle rustling.
According to him, the national assembly needs to intervene because the anti-open grazing laws would destroy livestock production and send millions of people who depend on the livestock value chain into poverty.
In his words, “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.”