‘Cows are Not Citizens of Nigeria’ -Akpabio knock Senator Over Farmer Herder Clash

‘Cows are Not Citizens of Nigeria’ -Akpabio knock Senator Over Farmer Herder Clash

In a major step to address the current deadly disputes between farmers and herders in Nigeria, the Senate advanced a bill on Wednesday to construct ranches and outlaw open grazing, according to a report from Channelstv. Following an animated discussion, the bill passed its second reading. In addition, the Senate suggested holding a public hearing and a national conference to provide a complete solution.CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

The motion for the bill was introduced by Senator Titus Zam, representing Benue North-West. In his lead debate, Zam argued that the persistent conflicts between farmers and herders could be effectively addressed through legislative action banning open grazing.

He emphasized the necessity of adopting international best practices in animal husbandry by enacting a law to end open grazing, thereby moving away from outdated and hazardous methods.

According to Zam, the bill proposes ranching as the sole viable alternative for cattle breeding in Nigeria.

“The bill advocates for the urgent transition from traditional livestock-keeping methods to modern practices, which are safer and healthier for both the herds and the herders,” he stated.

The bill suggests that ranches be established in the pastoralists’ states of origin without imposing them on other states or communities that do not have pastoralists as residents.

It further proposes that those interested in the livestock business must seek and obtain approvals from their host communities to establish ranches for peaceful coexistence.

A portion of the bill suggesting that ranches be established only in pastoralist states, without imposing it on states without pastoralist communities, became a point of contention.

Despite opposition from some lawmakers, including Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, who called for the bill to be stepped down, the majority supported it when put to a voice vote.

The bill was subsequently referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Trade and Investment, and Legal Services, with a report expected back within a month.CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>