- Progress is being made to address the security concerns in the southwest region of the country
- The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has issued an immediate order to herders
- The association asked the herdsmen to immediately put a stop to night and underage grazing henceforth
The national president of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa has directed Fulani herders across the southwest of the country to put an end to both night and underaged grazing with immediate effect.
Vanguard reports that Kiruwa also warned herders to desist from taking their cows to people’s farms for grazing, adding that the frequent farmers/herders clash must be brought to an end.
The MACBAN president said the order given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state was not new but has been issued two years ago, adding that those who wished to remain in the government forest reserve should get registered.
While stressing that MACBAN is a peaceful association that values peace and condemned criminalities in any form, Kiruwa said MACBAN will continue to work with security agencies to fish out criminals.
In a related development, a farmer based in Nasarawa state, Retson Tedheke, has shared his thoughts on the controversial RUGA settlement policy of the federal government.
Delta-born Tedheke is of the opinion that the policy is commendable, adding that it will end the farmers/herders crisis in the country.
In a series of tweets on Friday, January 22, Tedheke reeled out five reasons why he thinks Nigerians should support the RUGA policy.
Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state had alleged that the federal government is colluding with the National Assembly to allow herdsmen to grab land under the guise of the National Water Resources Bill.
Ortom in a statement through his spokesperson, Terver Akase claimed the provisions of the bill granted herdsmen unhindered access to river basins, adjacent marine and coastal environments across the country.
Despite Ortom and several stakeholders' complaining of the provisions of the bill, the federal government has insisted that it will not back down on enacting the proposed law.
Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture also dismissed the suggestion that the bill was designed to cause conflict.
Meanwhile, a former minister of youth and sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government has failed on its promises to address the remnant insecurity challenges in the country, particularly in northern Nigeria.
Dalung who served as a minister during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the major promises of the party was to address the problem of insecurity which he said the APC has failed to deliver.
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