The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says instead of the blanket ban on open grazing in the Southern part of the country a middle course should be reached to douse tension in the region.
The middle course, according to the Southeast chapter of MACBAN, can be reached via dialogue by leaders of the South and North. The group suggested that the dialogue should be on improved and modern mode of livestock keeping.
“It will douse the heightening tension across the North and South and give sufficient room for gradual adjustment that will be beneficial to the generality of Nigerians” Chairman of the group in the Southeast Gidado Siddiki told The Nation in Awka, Anambra State.
Siddiki added, “Neither the Northern nor the Southern political leaders should call the bluff of the commoners, whose surface interpretation of the situation has the tendency of brewing misgiving, rancour and avoidable friction across the board”
He noted that insecurity in Nigeria had increasingly created suspicion among the different ethnic nationalities in the country.
The MACBAN leader said: “In recent times, however, the Fulani ethnic nationality has suffered greater hate and blanket condemnation by most of the other tribes in Nigeria.
“Because of the nature of cattle rearing, the herders are more on transit and so always interfacing with multiple cultures amongst their host communities.
Credit THE NATION