Nigeria: Herders Reject Call to Relocate to North

Northern cattle breeders in the southern states of Nigeria declared yesterday that they will not vacate the region as directed by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN) over the open grazing ban by governors of the south.

The herders however advocated a timely resolution to the crisis which they said is threatening the entire country.

The Bauchi State chapter of MACBAN had urged its members to vacate the 17 southern states following the recent open grazing ban by southern state governors.

In their reaction, the cattle breeders told LEADERSHIP that some of their colleagues had relocated for fear of the unknown, they will only await the directive from the national body and not from a state chapter.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP, a member of the Abia State branch of the association at Lokpanta Cattle Market, Umuchieze, Umunneochi local government area of the state, Alhaji Buba Abdullahi, confirmed reading the directive on the Internet.

He expressed worry over the escalating clashes between headers and farmers in both Ebonyi in recent times which have led to both human and material losses on both sides.

The chairman of MACBAN in Imo State, Alhaji Usaini Haruna, said they are living in peace with the citizenry and have no reason to depart from the state.

According to him, he does not take orders from Bauchi State chapter of the association and as such is not bound by the directive.