THE Pan Niger Delta Forum has asked states in the Niger Delta region not to be cowed by the statement credited to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that a cow will sell for N2m in Lagos if the anti-open grazing bill is passed into law in the state.
This was also as the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra described the statement by Miyetti Allah as a mere threat that should be ignored by the states in the South-East.
Speaking in a separate interview with The PUNCH, the spokesman for PANDEF, Mr. Ken Robinson, explained that it was better for cow meat to be costly than for innocent Nigerians to be kidnapped, killed or maimed.
He maintained that states that had passed the anti-open grazing bill should not to hesitate to enforce the law despite the position of Miyetti Allah on the matter.
Robinson also charged the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to be dispassionate in enforcing the law against the open grazing of cattle.
“Those who can eat cow will eat cow and those who cannot buy N2m cow will buy other proteins and eat. That excuse of selling one cow for N2m because of the anti-open grazing law is untenable; it is just a ploy to buy time.
“The cost of a cow if ranching is involved should not be a consideration of whether to pass the anti-grazing bill into law or not. After all, today, we are still alive; $1 is more than N500. So, even if one cow is N10m, we will still be alive. You need to be alive to eat cow.
“The states in the Niger Delta that have passed the bill should enforce the law. The security agencies, particularly the police and civil defence should be dispassionate in ensuring that these laws are enforced. States in southern Nigeria that have not passed those bills should do so.”
Also, MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Samuel Edeson, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, said Miyetti Allah cattle breeders should realise that there were many alternatives to cow meat, adding that the people of the South-East were also involved in cow breeding.
He said, “If they like, they can sell a cow for N3m or N5m; for us in the South-East, We have chickens, prawns and others. So, if they want to increase the price, they can do that to any level they want. The anti-open grazing law should stand, and those who have passed the bill into law should never give it any reconsideration.
“Some of our brothers also have cows in their farms. There is no cause for alarm over the claim that a cow will go for N2m over anti-open grazing law. It is just a mere threat.”
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