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Reconsidering Anti-Open Grazing Law could bring Peace to Benue State – Fulani Herdsmen



Reconsidering Anti-Open Grazing Law could bring Peace to Benue State - Fulani Herdsmen - BellaNaija

The Fulani Herdsmen association Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has said that giving the anti-open grazing law another look could stop the killings and bring peace to Benue State, Punch reports.

Benue State had signed into law an anti-open grazing bill, stoping herdsmen around the state from encroaching upon farmlands.

Secretary-General of MACBAN, Usman Ngelzerma has said it is impossible for people to suddenly change the way of life they’re used to.

He said giving the law another look could bring peace to the state, adding that his association has no wish for the killings to continue. He said:

I like the Benue State governor. He is a peace-loving person but is working on wrong advice. The approach he took is wrong. You cannot change the way of life of a people like the way you turn off a light switch.

We don’t wish for the crisis to continue but let us give it (the law) another look. We don’t like the killings; we will never condone the killing of people. Give the farmers their rights but consider the pastoralists too.

Ngelzerma blamed another faction of the association, the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore for the threats issued to the state government.

He also blamed the January 1 killings that led to the death of at least 20 persons on livestock guards who he said have “constituted themselves to the police and the court at the same time.” He said:

The livestock guards have constituted themselves to the police and the court at the same time. They impose penalties on herdsmen, fine them huge sums of money before releasing them. That was the situation before this crisis erupted.

I was told that shortly before this crisis, the guards went to make some arrests in a particular community and they met stiff resistance from the Fulani because they were already tired of the persistent harassment from the guards, not the police or the DSS, army or constituted authority.

This was what led to the violence and unnecessary deaths that followed which we do not condone.


  1. Cozygal

    January 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    So, the farmers should change their way of life? You don’t condone the killings but you’re busy excusing it.
    I don’t understand why this government is so slow to react and provide solutions to problems. This issue has gone on loud, for about two years, yet there no solution yet, just meetings and more fruitless deliberations.

    • Jade

      January 9, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      THere are solutions, they just refuse to do it because of their own selfish and greedy hearts. This guy is an idiot. The Fulani can’t change a life they are used to. What type of nonsense is this. He condones the killings. So, the farmers should be the one to accept it

  2. Miss Anoni Moss

    January 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    This man must be an idiot, was it not because of the same killings that the Benue government decided to put the Anti-Grazing Law in place. Fulani people are generally known for their unforgiving nature especially when it comes to their cows but they need to realize that they are not above the law, this is 2018 we are all living in a civilized society if everyone goes about killing people in the name of vengeance or whatever then we will no longer have a society to live in, these people need to get with the times man they are still thinking like savages.

    • Ijebujesha

      January 10, 2018 at 1:46 am

      LOL. Civilized nation that has a extremely backward and nepotistic Buhari as Presdient. Civilized must have another meaning in your own dictionary.

  3. concerned9ja

    January 9, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Apparently in Botswana they have Cattle Ranches and this happens to be one of their main exports…why do we always do things backward in Nigeria ??…or rather why do some elements refuse to?..

  4. Kkay

    January 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Because you voted backwards people into power.

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