Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to rescind the decision to force states to suspend ranching and open grazing law.
Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had at Security Council meeting on Tuesday urged states to suspend ranching and open grazing law.
The call by the lawmakers followed a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Rep. John Dyegh (APC-Benue) at plenary.
Moving the motion, Dyegh said that the 1999 Constitution expressly empowered States’ Houses of Assembly to make laws for the good governance of the states.
According to him, based on the Rule of Law and tenets of democracy, it was totally wrong for the Federal government to dabble into the affairs of states.
Dyegh said that the Federal government was ignoring the laws of the land, more so, the Land Use Act, which had given power over lands to governors.
He said that the Anti- Open Grazing Law in Benue was enacted after the unprovoked Agatu killings by Fulani herdsmen that claimed the lives of over 800 persons and ravaged over 20 villages.
He said that in the past seven years, clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue had been on the increase with so many lives lost and farmlands and villages destroyed.