By Baba Yusuf
National Coordinator, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo has denied reports making the rounds that he or the body supported the anti-grazing law enacted by Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom.
Gololo stated this in a press statement he made available to newsmen in Abuja over the weekend, saying as a respected Fulani man, he did not in any way support the law which is anti-Fulani and was made to discriminate against them, adding that the law was made in clear violation of the Nigerian constitution.
He said Benue state government however misled him on certain facts on the implementation of the law.
“As a person and representative of our people, we were misled on the position of the state government on the law. For the record sir, the letter I sent to you earlier was to appreciate the efforts of the state government in the promotion of peaceful co-existence between our members and the manner of handling clashes between our members and the host communities.
“I and other members of MACBAN cannot be in support of the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law, 2017 as it is presently signed into law by your office,” Gololo stressed.
He noted that, in his capacity as coordinator of MACBAN, he sent a letter seeking for contributions to the law, noting however that he and the association were not invited before the law was passed.
The coordinator further called on governor Ortom to stop the implementation of the law in the interest of the state.