Miyetti Allah Opts For Cattle Colony, Rejects Ranching In Nasarawa
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said it preferred the establishment of cattle colonies to ranching system as a solution to the end farmers/herdsmen crisis in Nasarawa state.
The state MACBAN chairman, Husseini Muhammed, made this known in a town hall meeting in Lafia, saying the ranching system is expensive and very difficult to manage.
Preferring cattle colony, he said it is cheaper, affordable and is inclined with the norms, culture and tradition of Fulani herdsmen.
Hussein, who described his Fulani kinsmen as peaceful and law abiding people of this country, blamed the anti-open grazing law in Benue state as being responsible for the clashes seen in recent times between herders and the Tiv farmers.
He stated, “We have lost over 60 herdsmen and thousands of our cows also are nowhere to be found, they got lost due to hunger, while others were killed by the Tiv people from Benue state”.
In a related development, the Tiv Development Association through its chairman, Mr Boniface Effe accused Fulani herdsmen of rendering havoc on Tivs communities for no just cause than the anti-open grazing law in Benue which does not have anything to do with Nasarawa state.
Mr Boniface said: “Over 200 people lost their lives, while 8570 houses were destroyed in all the attacks carried out this year by suspected Fulani herdsmen.”
He called on the Federal Government to facilitate the process for Tiv people to return to their homes and begin this year’s farming.
He however, appreciated Governor Tanko Almakura for providing them with relief materials, expressing confidence that no distant time they will all return to their ancestral homes.