Ortom Is Confused About Our Legal Challenge To Grazing Law -Miyetti Allah

  • Herdsmen must converge on  Benue

As the deadline for the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and the Establishment of Ranches Law of Benue 2017 draws nigh, thehe Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has declared that Fulani herdsmen must be allowed to converge on the Benue valley between the months of November and February, regardless of the anti-grazing law passed in some states in the region.

This is an historical, inalienable right of the herdsmen, the association maintained.

National President of the association, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo and National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, speaking to reporters in Abuja yesterday, particularly singled out Benue State for hard knocks saying the anti-grazing law signed by Gov. Samuel Ortom was meant to deny the herdsmen their legitimate rights as Nigerians.

The Benue State Anti-Grazing Law signed by Gov. Ortom comes into force from 1st November, this year, but this is usually the beginning of the period when nomadic Fulanis migrate large numbers of cattle into the Benue valley in search of pasture and water up to the month of February.

The Miyetti Allah Secretary, Alhassan said, “The outburst of Ortom shows that he is confused on our association’s legal challenge to the obvious and wicked anti-grazing law and the veiled propaganda mounted by the governor and his agents on the leadership of Miyetti Allah.

“We view this as an attempt to use media to influence and pre-empt the outcome of the court process challenging the negative law currently ongoing at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Alhassan stressed further that, “We remain totally opposed to the anti-grazing law because it is intended to destroy our means of economic livelihoods, it is ill-timed and driven by hatred of our people.”

The Fulani leader further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct relevant security agencies to watch the actions of Gov the Benue State governor against Fulani herdsmen.

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