The National Secretary of Fulani Socio-Cultural Association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says members of the affiliation received’t obey the anti-open grazing legal guidelines enacted by some Southern governors.
Alhassan additionally described the legislation as “satanic and empty.”
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the 17 Southern governors led by Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state met in Lagos on July 5, 2021, and “set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September, 2021 for the promulgation of the anti open grazing law in all member states”.
On August 31, 2021, Akeredolu signed into legislation, the Anti-Grazing Bill handed by the State House of Assembly.
“This is worthwhile and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State,” Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, had mentioned in an announcement.
Some different governors within the Southern a part of the nation had additionally signed the invoice into legislation in the previous few weeks with a transfer geared in the direction of curbing farmer-herder disaster and attendant insecurity within the area.
Speaking to SaharaReporters on Tuesday, Alhassan condemned the transfer by Akeredolu and his colleagues.
He mentioned, “As far as we are concerned, the anti-grazing bill is a satanic bill. We have already initiated legal actions both locally and internationally against Akeredolu and other governors trying to destroy our means of livelihood.
“All the people promoting the law are in connivance with the devil. How do you disturb people from their normal business without providing alternative? It’s an empty law, it’s just a political body they are using to steal money in the name of security votes. Most of the cows you see in Southern Nigeria belong to Yoruba and Igbo merchants; they are the ones that owe these cows. This hype about anti-grazing is just political.
“Even in Benue that it has been implemented, what are the consequences? It’s such a devilish law, you see crisis all over; there is no secret grazing since the time of Moses. They should provide the ranches, we are ready to even hire the ranches if available. Cattle rearing is not okada business you can ban by law. This is the culture of the people, you can’t change it overnight.”
When requested by SaharaReporters if the affiliation was able to adjust to the legislation, he mentioned, “How will you obey an empty law? The law is satanic, it’s not implementable, it’s a negative law, so how do you implement that? Do you start arresting people with their cattle? Where are the ranches you have created for them?
“We know that we are serving a living God. We are warning seriously that any tribal security outfit that will listen to their Governor that they want to illegally eject our herders or steal their cows, God will be deal with them in numerous ways. We are peace loving.”