Cattle Ban Will Affect Us, Miyetti Allah Tells Soludo

Cattle Ban Will Affect Us, Miyetti Allah Tells Soludo

Leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MCBAN), South East zone, has appealed to governor of Anambra State Prof. Charles Soludo, not to enforce the banning movement of cattle on foot in the state.

According to the Association, if the ban is enforced, it would affect its members’ source of survival.

During a meeting with members of Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee at the Government House, Awka, at the weekend, Soludo had announced a ban on the movement of cattle on foot in every part of Anambra.

Soludo said the ban was in compliance with the 2021 anti-open grazing law of the State, adding that enforcement would begin from September, 2022.

He said, “Now that they have a law banning open grazing, the law enforcement agents have been directed to implement it. Though the law has been in existence since almost one year ago, cattle rearers keep parading certain areas in the State in contravention to the law,” Soludo said.

He added that his administration would ensure the implementation of the law by September.

He applauded members of the Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee for their devotion to duty, saying that Anambra people have largely lived in harmony with herdsmen, but the herdsmen must conduct their businesses within the ambit of extant laws.

Willie Obiano, a former governor of the state, had assented to the Cattle and Other Livestock Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill of Anambra State in 2021, he failed to enforce the ban.

In his reaction to the development, leader of the association in the South-east zone, Gidado Siddiki, begged the governor to suspend the implementation at the moment to enable them educate their members more on how to go about it.

He said: “Majority of us (Fulanis), don’t know any business other than rearing of cattle in this World. Some of us were born and bred in this rearing of cattle business here in Anambra state. We have no other place to go.

“The herders are aware that the state governor has flagged off massive tree planting exercise in the 181 communities as part of measures to control the spread of gully erosion in the state, and as law abiding citizens, we have cautioned all our members and equally urged them to protect the trees in their various host communities.

“Our members have remained committed to peaceful coexistence with their host communities in the State and the South-east geopolitical zone at large.

“We therefore, call on concerned stakeholders including the media to help us beg the governor, if possible, to revise his decision on the ban.”