Following the quit Notice issued to Fulani Herdsmen and the subsequent ban by various state governments on open grazing, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN, in the Southeast, says it will support any policy by the government that seeks to stop the clashes between host communities and the herdsmen.
It listed conditions to be followed by the government to stop incessant clashes between its members and farmers in the country
He said the association in the southeast zone was in support of any government policy that would put to an end, the continued clashes between Fulani herders and farmers in the country. So long the policy would be of benefit to both parties.
According to Siddiki, “the governor’s position is a welcome development, but for the policy to work as expected, the following provisions must be in place for peace and equity.
“They must embark on training and re-training of Fulani herdsmen on Mechanized Grazing, provision of land for Ranching in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT and a continue Town Hall Meetings between Government, Farmers and the Herders in the affected areas.
“I believe with all these, it will bring to an end, the lingering crisis between the farmers and herder in the country, Siddiki added.
Speaking with reporters Saturday in Awka, Anambra State, the Chairman of the Association in the Southeast, Alhaji Gidado Sidikki, said about 89 percent of herders had no knowledge of mechanized grazing.