Open Grazing Ban: We’re Open For Discussion, Miyetti Allah Tells Ortom

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,
on Monday, criticised Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue
State over the enactment of a law banning open grazing.
The body said it was not interested in exchanging words,
but to see an end to the senseless killing of innocent
people.
The National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman
Ngelzarma, said this in an interview in
Abuja in response to the accusation by Ortom’s Chief
Secretary, Terver Akase, that it was fuelling crises over the
law.
But Ngelzarma said the doors of MACBAN “will remain
open for constructive discussions to find lasting solutions
that will bring to an end all these uncivilised behaviours.”
He said, “We are not interested in the exchange of
unnecessary comments that will not do anybody any good.
As a responsible association, we want to see an end to
this senseless killing of innocent people. We, as an
association, respect all constituted authorities and believe
in law and order and hold all state governors in high
esteem as chief security officers of their states.
“We also believe that the Benue State governor has sworn
to protect the lives and economic well-being of all his
citizens, irrespective of their socioeconomic/ethno-
religious backgrounds.
“The law only ends up suffocating both farmers and
herders to make them bankrupt. Ortom, as a deeply
religious person, knows very well that one day he will be
called to account by the Almighty for how he manages his
state during his tenure as governor.
“MACBAN is never in any doubt about the position of
governors being the controllers of state security and land
and the Houses of Assembly being responsible for making
laws. But all we desire is justice, equality and fairness in
the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.”
He added, “Our doors will remain open for constructive
discussions to find lasting solutions that will bring to an
end all this uncivilised behaviours.”