Saturday, 29 July 2017

Anti-grazing Bill: Miyyetti Allah to sue Taraba state Government

The North-eastern arm of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), which is Nigeria's body of cattle herders may drag the Taraba state government to court following the signging of the anti-grazing bill to law by Gov. Darius Ishiaku. The bill was signed July 24 2017 despite stiff opposition by Miyyetti Allah. Taraba is the third state in the country to pass and sign such bill. The other two states are Ekiti and Benue.
While signing the controversial bill, Gov Ishiaku said: “As the head of this government, the responsibility lies on me to do all I can to find a lasting solution to this situation that has consumed hundreds of lives, farm produce, cattle and destruction of several communities.”
However, MACBAN may have resolved to challenge the law in court as the chairman of its North-East Zone  Alhaji Mafindi Danburam said that the body have filed a suit, through its counsel, Professor Yusuf Dankofa at a Jalingo High Court.
According to Danburam “Passing of the bill and signing it into law by the House of Assembly and Governor Ishaku respectively, did not come to members of Miyyetti Allah as a surprise because the governor was determined to dislodge the Fulani from the state."
“How can a government that refused to provide vaccination for cattle diseases or come to the aid of Fulani in difficult situation, now say it is going to provide land for the establishment of ranches?
“It is hard to agree with the government on its claim that the law was in the interest of the herdsmen when in actual sense the government in its two years in office had refused to provide a single kobo in the budget for the development of livestock.”
“Though the governor has said that the law would become effective in the next six months, cattle routes have been blocked and herdsmen prevented from grazing in JauroYeno, BakinDutse and Jamlari in Ardo-Kola and Lau local government areas,” 
 

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