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“Banning open grazing is an invitation to anarchy” – Fulani Herdsmen



"Banning open grazing is an invitation to anarchy" - Fulani Herdsmen - BellaNaija

The Secretary-General of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), Sale Bayeri, has said that banning open grazing in Plateau State is an invitation to anarchy.

According to ThisDay, Bayeri was reacting to a protest staged at the Plateau State House of Assembly by youths across the 6 states making up the Middle-Belt on Thursday.

Emma Zopmal, President of the Middle-Belt Youth Council, said the protest was held to compel the government of the states making the region (Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, and Plateau) to ban open grazing.

They lamented the recent attacks in Plateau State that have left at least 50 dead.

However, Bayeri, speaking for the herdsmen, has said banning open grazing is laughable.

He described the ban of open grazing as a “measure that will make that peace unattainable.” He said:

Saying that you will ban open grazing on the Plateau is laughable because the average Fulani man does not know any other way of grazing his cows. This is a practice that started right from Adam, and for you to say you want to remove or curb it is an invitation to anarchy really.

If you want to ban open grazing, you can equally ban open farming because the two agricultural activities go hand in hand and you can’t have one without the other. You can’t eat rice without meat for the soup or stew.

Again, the resistance that will come with such measure is not what Plateau needs at this time. We are passing through turbulent times and we are trying to make peace. So, we should not put in place any measure that will make that peace unattainable.



    November 1, 2017 at 5:28 am

    We are in Troublle!!!!!!!!!!!!!! big Trouble…………………….choi.

    • John

      November 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Why do you say so? If it is the law, then that’s the law. And there’s, of course, a stiff penalty for infraction.

  2. John

    November 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

    That’s a statement of intent, in other words, an open threat to the constituted authority of that State. Over to you, Mr Governor.

  3. Funmilola

    November 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

    From this man’s dreadful comment, I can comfortably say that Fulani herdsmen are terrorists.

  4. Tessa Doghor

    November 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    what is their definition of anarchy
    Random killings have been happening in Jos for years…

  5. Momotaro

    November 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

    These people are threatening all Nigerians because of cows. This is why I have stopped believing in Nigeria. You go around killing and pillaging and we are all supposed to just fold our arms and watch in silence. The injustice is just too much to bear.

  6. Irksome

    November 1, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Open grazing is not the same as open farming. People are farming on land that they OWN. you Now want to bring your cows to graze where you didn’t sow. These people are sharing their brains with the cows.

  7. Diamond

    November 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

    So farmers are planting so these bloodsuckers can go graze their crops with their cows. Why can’t you provide your meat and soup since you can’t eat without? Feed your animals with your own farm produce, murderers!

  8. Bowl

    November 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I want my Biafra with all of its problems. You can all keep enjoying your delusions of oneness !

  9. Moniker

    November 1, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Wonderful. Let it be official that they are killers. In another man’s state you are holding them hostage and still threatening the government. I hope Ortom doesn’t cave into pressure from Abuja.
    If we want peace, let us prepare for war. Thousands have died in their hands, they should be ready to lose some more for the betterment of their children and future in general.
    Harsh but it’s the sad reality. They have been killings going on in all the North-Central States by these nomads. It’s take to take the fight to them with both the law and the jungle style..

  10. Mrs chidukane

    November 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Its because we still eat beef. When we all boycoyy it for 3 months, no one will tell them to seek peace. See his belligerent tone. No apology for those killed by his men.

    • Mrs chidukane

      November 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm


    • Me Myself and I

      November 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Unfortunately boycotting beef won’t solve this problem. A lot of these cows belong to the ‘ogas at the top’, who leave them in the custody of the herdsmen. That aside, there’s a lot more to these killings than meet the eye. Sad

  11. Professor X

    November 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    What is the response of the Federal government? If it is iPOB now, they will run to proscribe it as a terrorist organization. Where is the Nigerian military? If it were to terrorize civilians during operation python dance, they will be in full force. Here you have an organization already killing folks and further threatening to destabilize the middle belt states.

  12. ochoche

    November 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    we must not eat with cow meat,there are other alternative that will substitute cow meat


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