The newly enacted anti-open grazing law has been described as a time bomb by the umbrella group for Fulani herdsmen, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, The Cable reports.
The development was made public by the group, at a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, November 13.
Report also reveals that the national president of the association, Abdullahi Bodejo, and Sale Alhassan, its secretary, stated that the law is an attempt to destroy the means of livelihood of the herdsmen.
They called on Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police, to ensure that adequate protection was provided for the herders.
Bodejo stated: “The grazing law agenda is destroying herders means of livelihood, and we are appealing for immediate intervention to save the Fulani pastoralist from the total destruction of their means of livelihood by current trends from some state governors enacting segregational anti-grazing laws which target primarily at the economic livelihood of the herders.
“We are completely opposed to the anti-grazing law and we are worried about the possible crisis that may emerge if such laws are allowed to take effect.
“It is a negative law because it attempts to expel herdsmen from their grazing areas for ages. Besides, that of Benue anti-grazing law, no herder was involved during the cause of its preparation, to get their input.
“To us, ensuring security of citizens should be the priority of governance; but this anti-grazing law is nothing but a time bomb if not addressed with wisdom.
“It is a national challenge that requires a national intervention by the government; because it is capable of creating serious conflicts on the land resources.”
Bodejo further insisted that the herdsmen had no plans to attack communities in Benue.
He stated: “We have continued to appeal to our members to be law abiding and I want to say categorically that the rumours that herdsmen are planning to attack communities in Benue state is not true and must be ignored by well meaning Nigerians
“We will continue to support federal government policies on crop and animal farming; particularly on the agro rangers, which is aimed at providing security for all categories of farmers.”