Herds­men in Nige­ria to fight graz­ing law

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

ABUJA: Fu­lani herds­men in the mid-belt re­gion of Nige­ria face ar­rest for declar­ing they would dis­re­gard laws en­acted to curb fa­tal clashes be­tween the cat­tle breed­ers and vil­lagers.

The Benue State Gov­ern­ment gave the warn­ing af­ter the no­madic herders, un­der the aus­pices of the Miyetti Al­lah Kau­tal Hore, a Fu­lani so­cio-cul­tural association, dis­missed the laws.

The pres­i­dent of the cat­tle breed­ers’ association, Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi Bello, de­scribed the Anti-Open Graz­ing Law as “wicked, ob­nox­ious and re­pres­sive”.

He said the association would mo­bilise herds­men to re­sist the law as it was an at­tempt to en­slave their mem­bers. Clashes be­tween Fu­lani herders and farm­ers have killed thou­sands of peo­ple in Nige­ria over the past two decades.

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