- A bill seeking to create a database for cows in the country has generated huge reactions
- Senator Bima Enagi who sponsored the bill explained the reason for the proposed legislation
- Some Nigerians called for the bill to be dismissed
A section of Nigerians has condemned a bill in the Senate which seeks to create a database for cows in the country.
Channels TV reported that the bill passed through second reading during legislation at the upper chamber on Tuesday, April 20.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Muhammad Bima Enagi, explained that the proposed legislation is aimed at sanitizing the livestock industry and addressing the persistent farmers/herders clashes as well as cattle rustling in the country.
According to The Nation, the lawmaker noted that the bill will greatly enhance the development of the country’s livestock industry.
He said it will also ensure the protection, control, and management of all livestock in Nigeria, in addition to checking cattle rustling among other benefits.
But Nigerians on social media protested against the bill, describing it as irrelevant.
A commentator on Twitter with the user name @ProlificGadgets said:
''No clear or reliable database for Nigerian Citizens but we will soon have "database for cows" in Nigeria. What else do you want to know about the present leadership of Nigeria??? *Sigh*"
A user named Taiwo described the action by the Senate as a joke.
"This is a joke, right? As in, this is some sort of joke because this must be a joke."
Another displeased Nigerian identified as Raymond questioned the decision of the Senate
"The last Census in Nigeria was in 2006 that's 15years ago and we don't have a unified database for Nigerians yet people's father's in the Senate are pushing for database of cows. How do these guys think please?"
Emmanuel Osideko had a similar reaction when he said:
''Do you need a fresh bill to get database of cows? Will there be another bill to get the number of goats, sheep, chickens and their eggs? What's bureau of statistics doing? Before you know it the bill will include among other things, quality education and employment for the cows."
Umahi made the statement on Tuesday, April 20, in Abakaliki, the state capital, The Cable reported.
Due to security reasons, he told herdsmen to stay away from the state for now. He stated that many herdsmen have left the state of their own volition.