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11/03/2017

FULANI HERDSMEN MUST BE STOPPED FROM THEIR PLANNED ATTACK ON BENUE STATE, BSHOA



By Pat Hyua

Benue State House of Assembly today drew the attention of all relevant authorities to threats made by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Cattle Rearers Association to attack Benue State.

The call was made by the House after accepting a motion of urgent public importance by the Majority Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. B. T. Adanyi. In his motion, Adanyi called on all relevant authorities to be aware that "the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) endows the sole powers to make laws for Benue State with the Benue State House of Assembly". In view of this, he cited Sections 4(6) and (7)(a)that: 

“(6) The legislative powers of a State of the Federation shall be vested in the House of Assembly of the State.

(7) The House of Assembly of a State shall have powers to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the State or any part thereof with respect to the following matters, that is to say—
(a)Any matter not included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.”

Mr. Adanyi further called on all relevant authorities to also be aware that, "in line with Section 4(7)(a) of the Constitution, Section 1 of the Land Use Act Chapter 202 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 states that: 

1—Subject to the provisions of this Act, all land comprised in the territory of each State in the Federation are hereby vested in the Governor of that State and such land shall be held in trust and administered for the use and common benefit of all Nigerians in accordance with the provisions of this Act"

It was in the spirit and letters of those enabling Laws of the land that the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency Samuel Ortom, proposed the Open Grazing (Prohibition) and Establishment of Ranches Law, 2017 which was judiciously enacted by the Benue State House of Assembly, Adanyi said.

Even with the foregoing constitutional rights given to Benue people to make laws, Adanyi said it was saddened that since the enactment of the said Open Grazing (Prohibition) Law and its assent by the Governor of Benue State as empowered by Law, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, notably, its National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo and its National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, have being making unguarded and provocative statements, some of which amounted to doubting and undermining the authority of Benue State House of Assembly and the entire Government of Benue State.

More worrying is that, some of these damning and provocative utterances made by the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore as variously reported in National Dailies, Blogs and Social media, ultimately amount to a declaration of war against the peaceful territory of Benue State and its defenceless people, and that these publications have the potential of inciting its members to commence attack on the helpless Benue citizens as the members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (cattle breeders association) are already known to be marauding considering the carnage they have already wreaked on Benue State in the recent past.

Adanyi said that despite the repeated cry and calls by the Benue State Government and its peace loving and law abiding citizens, the Federal Government of Nigeria and its security agencies has failed to apprehend the said leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, notably, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo (National President) and Saleh Alhassan (National Secretary) and bring them to justice for their deliberate reckless and dangerous declarations of hostilities against Benue State and its people, they have been left free. This might lead every reasonable human being to conclude rightly that members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore have been exploiting the advantage of having one of them currently serving as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He said he hate to say the President could be fueling the crisis, he said he even hate to think the president could do that because he took oath to protect every member of the country. He mentioned also that he was taken aback to read in a national daily that the leadership of the herdsmen called on the President to call the Governor to order for daring to implement the anti open grazing law, with this development, the silence of the President is more worrying, therefore, not out of place to say that if further life is lost in Benue State for the inability of the President to act proactively, he will be held responsible. This message, we send to the entire world.
This motion was seconded by Rt. Hon. Ianna Jato and got the general nod of all the members present

The House resolved to:
Draw the attention of the National Assembly, comprising the Senate and House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the holocaust which Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has promised Benue State by their threat to occupy the whole of the State from November 2017 when the Open Grazing (Prohibition) Law comes into effect, and onward.

Draw the attention of the United Nations system and the entire Diplomatic Community, comprising of Embassies, High Commissions and other diplomatic missions of friendly nations represented in Nigeria to the holocaust which Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has promised Benue State by their threat to occupy the whole of the State from November 1st 2017 when the Open Grazing (Prohibition) Law comes into effect, and onward.

Send a distress call to Houses of Assembly of neighbouring States of Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River and Taraba States intimating them of the bloodbath members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had visited upon Benue State in recent years, and their reckless utterances in the present circumstances; to urge them to be on guard and to assist in prevailing on the National Assembly to rise to the challenge of saving Benue State and its citizens from impending destruction. 

Call on all relevant authorities to as a matter of urgency arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Cattle Rearers Association over their threats to attack Benue.

Call on the president to as a matter of urgency rise in defense of the Benue people.

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