Farmers, herders clashes: Group demands anti-open grazing law from Nigerian govt

Involved residents below the aegis of the Iwo Board Of Trustees (IBOT) have demanded an anti-open grazing legislation from the federal authorities as a manner of curbing frequent farmer-herder’s clashes within the South West.

This demand was made throughout a peaceable ‘co-existence’ assembly between farmers and herders on the palace of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi.

Whereas describing open grazing as archaic, anti-development and anti-civilisation, Dr. Oluremi Atanda, the board’s president urged the federal government to exchange herding with ranching, including that the way forward for cattle rearing isn’t within the bush.

In response to him, “We activity the federal authorities to legislate on ranching and enact an outright ban on open grazing by way of laws. In Iwoland, we’re laying a template for herders to lift their cattle in ranches and never conventional open grazing. Governments in any respect ranges are urged to prioritise ranching system to reinforce harmonious residing between herders and farmers.

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“Cattle rearing is a non-public enterprise. There is no such thing as a level in utilizing such to disrupt different folks’s non-public enterprises. Iwoland will set a template for harmonious peaceable co-existence between herders and farmers within the promotion of ranching and outright ban of open grazing.”

Additionally, it was agreed upon that as the present state of affairs within the nation turns into palpable, synergy between all of the stakeholders, significantly conventional rulers is required.

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“We now have met our royal father and briefed him on our transfer to make sure a harmonious relationship between herders and farmers in Iwo land.

“We applaud the stance of Oba Akanbi on peaceable co-existence and we wish him to associate with fellow conventional rulers in constructing a formidable synergy at tackling incessant herdesmen-farmers clashes within the South-West.

“We’re a peace loving folks and the long-lasting peaceable environment with herders and farmers in Iwo land will proceed to be inspired.”

DAILY POST studies that the Oluwo had earlier acknowledged that open ranching has been his marketing campaign for lengthy, including that he has been interesting to authorities and stakeholders to facilitate fashionable ranching to fulfill worldwide customary.

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