|Fulani Herdsmen seen by Calabar Reporters grazing at Parliamentary, Calabar, Cross River State.|
It seems things are getting different in this current administration, definitely you know what we mean. It has never occurred before now, but why now? Is what we’re asking.
If we can recalled, on the month of June, 2016, the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHA) rejected the Grazing Commission Bill been proposed by the National Assembly.
The report read that the state government in a response through the Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Indigenes and Muslims Affairs, Alhaji Abdulkarim Adam, said that the government has requested the herdsmen to ensure that they promptly report the entrance of any new set of herdsmen into the state to avoid infiltration and breach of security and assured that once they comply, government will consider their request.
But the State House of Assembly totally rejected the idea insisting that even if the National Assembly passes the grazing commission bill into law, it will not be domesticated in Cross River state.
But, seeing Herdsmen with their cattle grazing through the city of Calabar, from 8 Miles, Parliamentary, Ikorinim, down to Eta-Agbor to Satellite Town, University of Calabar, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, is what we’re amazed of. Does it mean that, the law didn’t stand? We mean, the rejection of the Grazing Bill by the CRSHA.
Well, to say, the safety of Cross Riverians should be a priority to any good governance. You can’t expose the people you’re governing to danger, especially this dreaded bloodsuckers called the Fulani militants. What they’ve done in other states should set an exemplary stand for any body.
Not to go too far, on the 14th of September, 2016, Calabar Reporters reported a case of herdsmen shootings and their plans to disrupt the Ogoja New Yam Festival in which – if not for God…
Meanwhile, in recent times, the Fulani herdsmen in Cross River State had begged the state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade to allocate grazing land for their cattle.
The Leader of the Hausa/Fulani community in the state, Mr. Sani Baba – Gombe, who made the passionate appeal in Calabar, the state capital, explained that the major challenge facing herdsmen in the state was a grazing land, hence the need for the state government to come to their aid.
According to Baba-Gombe, the land if allocated will put an end to the crisis between farmers/herdsmen in the state, adding that it would also stop herdsmen from encroaching into people’s farmlands in search of food for their animals.
If you are requesting for something from someone, won’t you wait for the person’s response? Patiently? But the step taken by the herdsmen now shows they’re not willing to comply even if the land is given to them for grazing.