2023: We endorsed Tinubu because he promised retrieval of 450 grazing routes across Nigeria – Miyetti Allah

THE Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has given reasons for its endorsement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima for the 2023 elections.

Miyetti Allah and some farmers group in the northern part of the country had endorsed Tinubu at a consultative meeting they had with him this month in Minna, the Niger State capital.

The group explained today that it endorsed the former Lagos State governor because he promised to address the issue around the Livestock Intervention Programme and the retrieval of the “450 grazing routes across the country.”


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According to The Punch newspaper, the Miyetti Allah Secretary-General Saleh Alhassan said that a Tinubu administration would defend the interest of Fulani pastoralists.

Alhassan was quoted as saying, “Tinubu gave us the commitment to ensure the implementation of the National Livestock Development Plan of the current administration of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, where they will ensure the modernisation of the livestock sub-sector and address the issue of cattle rustling and kidnapping allegations between herders and farmers.

“We will have more ranches and exotic breeding grounds across the country and the gradual sedentarisation of the nomadic herders. This is what we are looking for in the Tinubu/Shettima presidency.

“The 450 grazing routes, the majority of which are located in the North, are the starting points of any modern ranch one wants to build in this country. Those are areas provided for herders to do their business for cattle rearing.”

Alhassan was also quoted as adding that Nigeria should begin its ranching modernisation from the grazing routes dedicated for livestock farmers in the First Republic.

“We cannot build ranches on nothingness, and the issues of land have to be put into serious consideration. This is what Tinubu has promised to address,” he said.






     

     

    Open grazing, which has led to loss of numerous lives and properties due to clashes between farmers and herders, is one of the many political controversies in the country.

    Last year, the controversy heightened following President Buhari’s announcement that he had instituted a committee to review and revive 368 grazing reserves in 25 out of the 36 states in the country.

    The announcement drew the irk of some of the country’s social, cultural and political leaders, including the Southern Governors Forum led by the Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

    They called for ranching, saying since cattle rearing was a private business, herders ought to buy land and graze their cattle on it, adding that the measure would stop the frequent clashes between herders and farmers.

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    1. Where exactly in the body of your report did Tinubu promised the retrieval of 450 grazing routes. Your headline is misleading and irresponsible. You have reduced your organization to a tool of propaganda for spreading falsehood. SHAME ON YOU ALL.

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