By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa
In recent times, the nation has been awash with news of a certain grazing bill pending before the National Assembly for consideration. Up till now, no one is sure as to the exact purpose for the said Bill, save that it was said to be meant to address the incessant Fulani attacks, especially on farms and local settlements. This Bill has been rejected by all concerned, especially because of its manifestly dangerous consequences on us as a nation.
The grazing bill
Perhaps the best way to start is to examine the details of the said Bill, as it affects everyone. The proposed Grazing Bill is for the establishment of national grazing routes and reserves for the Fulani herdsmen.
The essence of this Bill is to establish National Grazing Routes and Reserves Commission, which shall acquire lands in all the 36 states of the Federation for the purpose of grazing and ranching.
It is targeted to curb incessant conflicts between nomadic herdsmen and livestock farmers and settlers in Nigeria. The central objective is to foster national cohesion and eliminate intra-state conflicts. The bill, when enacted into law, will be known as the National Grazing Route and Reserve Commission. Its functions: When enacted into law, the commission is expected to establish cattle routes, farm camp and grazing reserves in different parts of the country. Continue reading “The National Grazing Reserve Bill: “An ill wind that will blow no good””