The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN, in the southeast, says it will support any government policy that seeks to stop fighting between host communities and herders.
He listed the conditions that the government must follow to stop the incessant confrontations between its members and the country’s farmers.
He said the association in the southeastern area supports any government policy that ends the ongoing clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the country’s farmers. Meanwhile, the policy would be beneficial to both parties.
According to Siddiki, “The governor’s position is a positive development, but for the policy to work as expected, the following provisions for peace and equity must exist.
“They are training and re-training Fulani shepherds in Mechanized Pastoralism, provision of land for Livestock in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT and a continuous Municipal Meeting between the Government, Farmers and Pastors in the affected areas.
“I believe that with all this, the persistent crisis between farmers and herders in the country will end, added Siddiki.
The group maintains that most of its members have no idea about mechanized grazing and asks the government to organize training on it for ranchers.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday in Awka, Anambra state, the president of the Association in the southeast, Alhaji Ggido Sidikki, said that about 89 percent of the pastors did not have such knowledge.
“The government should train us so that we can plan with the modern animal husbandry system because most of us have no knowledge of mechanized agriculture.”
The leader of Miyetti Allah was reacting to the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) decision on the need for the country to transition to modern animal husbandry systems that replace open, night and child grazing across the country.
He revealed that the association in the southeast area supported any government policy that would put an end to the continuous clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country. Meanwhile, the policy would be beneficial to both parties.
He pointed out that the MACBAN National Directorate had prohibited night grazing four years ago.
However, he congratulated the governors of the southeast for their continued support of the association in the area.
Sidikki, therefore, urged farmers and host communities where his people resided to always report any disagreement to the security or other relevant authorities so that swift action is taken to prevent the destruction of lives and property.