Ondo: Miyetti Allah Denies Knowledge Of Vacation Order

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria – the apex association of herdsmen in the country – has denied knowledge of the order by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu that herdsmen should vacate the forest reserves in Ondo State.

The Secretary-General of the association, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, who made this known in an interview with newsmen on Monday evening said members attended a meeting with Akeredolu but all that was discussed was putting a stop to night grazing and the activities of child herders.

He said if such an order was made, it would only be right for the state government to provide an alternative for the pastoralists.

Baba-Ngelzerma, however, said he was not aware of Akeredolu’s order and would wait for an official communication before any action is taken.

Responding to a question, he said, “The governor had a two-hour meeting today and the chairman of MACBAN in Ondo State was there and what he told me was that the agreement they reached was that we should stop night grazing and stop allowing cows to graze around government properties and that we should cooperate with Amotekun and help fish out bad eggs among them.

“That is what we were told. There was no discussion about vacating. But if they asked them to vacate the forest reserves, have they provided an alternative for them to graze? Where will they graze if they leave the forest reserves?

“As it is now, we are not aware of any order to vacate. My chairman is not aware. Even I just read about it in the media. When we have confirmed, we will know what to do.”

He further said Nigerians must be aware of the fact that not all herdsmen are members of Miyetti Allah.

Ijaw News had earlier reported how Akeredolu ordered herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves within seven days.

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