Senate, Defence Minister on collision course over anti-open grazing law comments
The Nigerian senate yesterday asked the Minister of Defence Manir Dan Ali to withdraw statements he made concerning the anti- open grazing law wherein he called for its suspension.
Benue state senator Barnabas Gemade while addressing the senate on Wednesday said it was very strange that the minister would think suspending the law would lead to an end to the herders farmers clashes across the country.
“It was very strange to me that in the mind of the Minister of Defence, the only way he can solve the problem of hundreds and thousands of people being killed in the states of Benue and Taraba is that the laws they made against open grazing of cattle should be suspended so that anarchy can continue as was the case before.
“We know that farmers and herders need land but there should be a way where a law that is enacted ensures that persons use the land in accordance to law,” Gemade said.
The senate after observing a one-minute silence for victims of the latest attack, resolved that the Minister of Defense should withdraw his statement on anti-grazing law as the law was enacted under the law of the Benue State House of Assembly.