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Cattle herders bar under-aged children from grazing in Southern Kaduna

* Plead that they be allowed to graze through recognised routes

From NDUKAIHE UGWU, Abuja

In an effort to prevent the destruction of farm lands, which often triggers violent clashes between communities and herders, cattle herders under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), have barred under-aged and inexperienced members from grazing cattle, especially in Kaduna State.

Alhaji Bodejo, National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Herders Association of Nigeria

The herders have also appealed farmers in Southern Kaduna to allow them graze through recognised routes so as to prevent meat shortage in the State and the country generally, pledging full support to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in the task force’s effort to restore peace in Southern Kaduna.

These commitments were contained in a communiqué jointly signed by the Kaduna State Chairman of Miyetti Allah, Usman Haruna Tugga; State Zone III Chairman, Abdulhamid Musa; Director, Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Bayero Zango and the State’s Zone III Secretary, Shuaibu Mogauri Usman, at the end of their summit, and made available to journalists, yesterday.

Tugga disclosed that the association agreed to revert to what it called “our olden-day relationship with our neighbouring communities in the area,” following extensive deliberations at the summit and appealed to farmers to reciprocate the group’s gesture of goodwill.

“We are appealing to farmers to allow our cattle graze on recognized cattle routes,” Tugga said, adding: “We have agreed to bury our differences and be our brothers’ keepers henceforth in order to foster development in the area.

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“We call on our people to stop allowing under-aged children from rearing cattle in order to prevent further destructions of farm produce of the farmers within the area and beyond.

“We also advised our people to be vigilant and hand over suspected criminals to security agencies that may be found within our communities.

“The summit strongly commended the efforts of Commanders of Operation Safe Haven and all his officers and men for their tireless efforts toward the restoration of peace in Southern Kaduna; we have never seen this kind of efforts from military commander before.

“For this reason, we pledged our total support to the security outfits and all their efforts to restore total peace and security in Southern Kaduna.

“We also wish to commend all the security agencies working tirelessly to restore peace in Southern Kaduna.

“We appeal to the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to assist those who have lost their cattle and other sources of livelihood in other to alleviate the hardship that the victims are facing.

“We call for the establishment joint community peace and security at all levels to monitor and maintain peace among neighboring communities.”

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