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ACF ex-scribe cautions southern govs against ban on open grazing

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
07 December 2021   |   3:25 am
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) chieftain, Anthony Sani, has asked the southern governors to withdraw the decision to ban open grazing.

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) chieftain, Anthony Sani, has asked the southern governors to withdraw the decision to ban open grazing.

He said such position by the governors might precipitate further crisis in the country.

Sani said that the southern governors should maintain the status quo on open grazing until they develop ranches in their states that would accommodate the activities of herders.

In a statement yesterday, he said: “I share the view expressed by Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, to wit, that outright banning of open grazing by the southern governors without providing alternative means of livelihood for herders who do not have the wherewithal to establish ranches and manage them for performance at this point in time offends many people’s sense of justice.”

According to Sani, who was the former Secretary General of ACF, such course of action exhibited by the southern governors against open grazing “is invitation for more conflict between violent herders and the farmers.”

“This is because the outright ban is akin to banning subsistent farming with hoes and cutlasses in favour of modern farming without providing the farmers with what it takes for modern farming.

“The reasons that the ban has been necessitated by prevalent insecurity allegedly by herders is not tenable in the sense that it is morally preposterous to punish all herders for the sins of few of their violent members.”