Herdsmen in Oyo State have turned down the planned anti-grazing bill in the House of Assembly, describing it as a plot to punish them.
Concise News understands that the National Chairman of the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria Sale Bayari said this recently.
Bayari was speaking at the public presentation of views and observation on the Grazing Regulations Bill 2019 held in the state capital, Ibadan.
He pleaded with the people of Oyo State not to let the bill become a law as it will make life unbearable for the herdsmen.
“It is impossible in our country for any peasant small scale herdsman or rancher to go into ranching,” he said.
According to him, the sponsors of the bill did not probe into the history of the herdsmen and his cattle rearing culture.
“From our calculations, one cow will eat grass, drink water, drugs and other maintenance costs to the tune of N1, 500 a day,” he added.
“We shall continue to be law-abiding citizens of this state and here undertake to ensure that we fish out all the bad elements among us that are distorting the peace and tranquility of Oyo state.”