Taraba departv, others react as FG plods to suspend anti-open grazing law
– Governor Ishaku reacted to the announcement by a minister that the federal government was considering the suspension of the open grazing prohibition law in some states
– He reacted to the announcement by a minister that the federal government was considering the suspension of the open grazing prohibition law in some states
– Governor Ishaku declared that the minister is acting without proper understanding of the issues
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state through his senior special assistant, media Bala Dan Abu declared that the state’s open grazing prohibition law that came into effect on 24th January has come to stay and no pronouncements can upturn it.
The governor reacted to a statement made by the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali that the federal government is considering the suspension of the open grazing prohibition law in the three states of Ekiti, Taraba and Benue.
Ishaku said the minister is acting without proper understanding of the issues as the law came about as a solution to the problem of herdsmen killings and not the cause of the problem.
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He said: “I must say that the minister is I’ll informed. He does not seem to understand the issues at hand properly and that explains their inability to resolve them. Herdsmen attacks predates this law. These herdsmen have been killing people for the past seven years or thereabouts. This is what necessitated this administration’s decision to come up with this law.
“The law as it is now is meant to stop the killings. If herdsmen no longer wander into people’s farms to graze of their crops, the crisis would be reduced greatly. The instances of cattle rustling would also reduce as it would become easier to secure the cows.
“So if the government is blaming the wanton killings on the law, what about the areas, the states that do not have the law and yet there is just as much attacks and killings? Is it the law that is causing the killings in Zamfara, Plateau, Kogi, and all the other states across the country where open grazing is not prohibited?
“I would not want to say that the Federal Government has ulterior motives but I think they lack a proper understanding of the issues here and that explains their inability to tackle these issues.
“In any case, this law was duly passed by the state Assemblies of the respective states and so it is only through the instrumentality of the States Houses of Assembly that the law can be repealed, and Taraba state is not ready to do that as the reasons for law still remain valid”, Governor Ishaku concluded.
Also, the state chairman of Miyetialah Alhaji Sahabi Tukur described the decision by the federal government as long overdue.