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Fulani Herdsmen threatens to Sue Oyo Assembly over anti-open grazing bill

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The public outcry that characterized the anti-open grazing Bill at the Oyo State House of Assembly took another dimension on Wednesday when herdsmen within the state vowed to drag the state House of Assembly to court over the Bill.

The herdsmen made this declaration once hundreds of them from varied elements of the state converged on Igangan, AN farming community in Ibarapa North government space, wherever they met for many hours and resolved to use legal choice to stop state House of Assembly from going more to enact the planned law.

Daily Tells Nigeria gathered that the bill entitled, “Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019”, that has suffered presentation at the House of Assembly was together sponsored by the Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, the deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi, legislator, Sanjo Adedoyin and therefore the legislator, Asimiyu Alarape.

The bill once becomes law, would compel open grazing within the state.

But, the Fulani herdsmen at the meeting endured wednesday, presided over by the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abduk-Kadir delineated the Bill as “too draconian” and targeted at incapacitating herdsmen from practising their age-long kine rearing activities across the state.

They threatened to sue the Assembly if it doesn’t step the bill down.

“We can visit court. we’ll get legal redress if Oyo government insists on imposing this Bill on U.S.A..

“The implementation of the Bill because it is can cause commotion.

“It is solely this issue that threw up ADP Camps in Benue. and that we don’t need all this to happen here in Oyo State wherever we’ve got been living peacefully with our fellow farmers for ages.

“However, if we tend to ar pushed to the wall, we all know the next level. Our next level is to seek the legal possibility. we’ll visit the court of law over the matter. except for currently, we are begging Oyo government to ascertain us as Nigerians and partners in progress who, for ages old, have added values to the economy of the State.

“It is additionally a matter of undeniable fact that we tend to Fulani dominate giant proportion of voters in Oyo State. the govt solely acknowledges U.S.A. throughout electioneering and vote periods. Government isn’t giving U.S.A. any facility or loan to spice up our kine rearing business whereas the farmers, on the opposite hand, get agric loans, fertilizers, etc. is that this the sole approach Government is currently repaying U.S.A. for our patriotism?

“We are equally opposed to ranching which is capital intensive. Why not ask the farmers also to fence their farm holdings? How much are we going to be spending per caged cow per annum in form of feeding, etc.?

“We do not agree. Government should rather checkmate the inflow of foreign herdsmen who have been responsible for the security challenges in the land.”

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