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Anti Open grazing law in Nigeria; Ban on open grazing in Nigeria – simple explanations, implications to cattle famers

Southern and Northern governors in Nigeria have passed the anti-open grazing law. They passed the law in their meeting on 5 July 2021. By the anti-open grazing law, the governors now have the right to arrest people who graze their livestock in an open field. They also have the right to deal with such offenders.

Penalty: by the anti-open grazing law, grazers who violate the law are liable to 5 years imprisonment. The owners of the livestock are liable to two years imprisonment. They are to pay compensation for whatever they destroyed.

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Ban on Open Grazing in Nigeria

The ban on open grazing in Nigeria is a welcomed development. The joy there is the coming together of the southern and northern governors to do the ban together. It shows that Nigeria is heading to its promised destiny.

This is what can take Nigeria to a greater height. What Nigeria need is unity in diversity. The law is simple. Do unto others what you want them to do to you.Anti Open grazing law in Nigeria

Implications of the Ban on Open Grazing in Nigeria

The implications of the ban on open grazing are diverse. The ban has its implications on cattle farmers. It also has implications for crop farmers. Then, you talk of its implications on Nigeria as a country.

  1. Implications of Ban on Open Grazing on Cattle Farmers

The ban has its implications on cattle farmers in Nigeria. They seem to be the target group. Yes, they are the target group for good.

At first, they may not receive it in good faith. However, the governors are saving them from being the first suspects of various crimes in Nigeria. Whatever happens in the South-East is always attributed to the cattle rearers.Information Guide Nigeria

Those who are killing in the South-East are always attributed to the cattle rearers. They are the first suspect. People always accuse them of the kidnappings that take place in the South-East. The cattle rearers are the first suspects when women are raped. The ban will now make all suspicions to be the things of the past. The cattle rearers can now save their heads from all the crimes that are committed all over the country.

Doubtlessly, the ban on open grazing will affect them negatively at first. They are used to moving about. To confine them to one place will be a problem to them at first. Nevertheless, with time they will get used to it.

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The problem with Nigerians is that they are not innovative. Necessity will force them to become innovative.

Crop farmers need manure for their products. When these cattle are confined to one place, their dung will then be in one place. When the dung is gathered, it will become manure that can be sold to farmers. This is money.

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  1. Implications of Ban on Open Grazing for Crop Farmers

The crop farmers must have been jubilating since the governors passed the anti-open grazing law. They have been crying for help. The governors have come to their rescue.

If cows are produced in the north, how come about their food is in the south? Why must they come to the south to feed?JAMB Result

Animals are animals. They are not reasonable like humans. Humans can differentiate between crops and grass. Animals cannot do that.WAEC Result

When cattle rearers release their cattle into open fields, they eat whatever they see. Of course, you know that the crops will be greener than the ordinary grass. That is their sense. They will leave the grass and go to eat the greener crops.

Meanwhile, these crops are greener because the farmers took their time to cultivate them. They cleared the grass that surrounds the crops for them to produce well. The result is greener pasture for cattle.

When the crop farmers are expecting a bumper harvest, they reap nothing. Cattle rearers have brought their cattle to finish their crops. These farmers will then go into penury.

In turn, the cattle rearers will sell their cattle to them at an exorbitant price. If you are a crop farmer, how will you feel? Will the farmers eat only cattle? This is the irony of the whole thing.

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Anybody who knows the constitution of Nigeria so well to the extent of condemning the governors is ignorant. Yes, Nigerians have the right to freedom of movement. That is the constitution.

Now, the freedom of movement that is expressed in the constitution, is it the freedom to destroy other people’s property? This is where Nigerians should shine their eyes. Their prayers are about to be answered.

Anybody who is against the anti-open grazing law is a suspect. He might be a sponsor of some criminals in Nigeria. He might be angry because the law is jeopardizing his whims.

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  1. Implications of Ban on Open Grazing on Nigeria

The anti-open grazing law will take Nigeria to a greater height. The fact that the southern and the northern governors can come to such an agreement reveals it. The unity in diversity that Nigerians have been crying for has now come.

The law will make Nigeria know where its problems are coming from. Everybody cannot be a suspect of a particular crime. If southerners are the rapists in the south, it will now be clear. Nobody can come from Kaduna to rape a girl in Aba and disappear in minutes. He must be in Aba to be able to do that.

Criminals in Nigeria will now be confined to their localities. Thus, they will become easier to catch. Members of the localities will now know who is who.JAMB Form

News had it that some cattle rearers loaded a lorry with cattle. Looking at the lorry, what you see are cattle but inside the lorry were assorted guns. Why will Nigerians not be happy about such a law?

The law will make Nigerians now sleep with their two eyes closed. They will no longer be afraid of someone coming to attack them in the night. The insecurity that the federal government had been fighting for years now will now become easier to fight.

At least, the law will reduce, if not completely eradicate, cattle rearers and farmers crisis. People will no longer kill one another anyhow. A community in Delta state once had war with the cattle rearers. The law will now bring relief to such communities.

Nigeria will now boast of having enough food to eat. Its crops will no longer be destroyed. Communities will no longer have their ponds destroyed. There will now be plenty of fish to eat.

Nigeria is a blessed country. Let the northerners do what they are known for. Let the southerners do what they are known for. By the time, the easterners do what they are known for; the combination will then be great Nigeria.

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In conclusion, the anti-open grazing law should not offend anybody. Whatever will reduce criminality in Nigeria is a good thing. Nigerians should take a deep breath before they react to issues such as this.

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