– Honourable John Dyegh says some powerful Nigerians are frustrating the passage of the bill prohibiting open grazing pending before the National Assembly
– Dyegh said the same fate had befallen a similar bill sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade at the Senate
The lawmaker representing Gboko/Tarka federal constituency at the National Assembly, John Dyegh, has accused the federal government of placing emphasis on the protection of cows and other livestock rather than human lives.
Hon John Dyegh who made the accusation on Monday, March 20, claimed that some powerful Nigerians were frustrating the passage of the bill prohibiting open grazing pending before the House, Vanguard reports.
Speaking at the Benue stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, the lawmaker said the same fate had befallen a similar bill sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade at the Senate.
He said the government must take decisive steps to stem the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
He said: “Recently, government sent out helicopters to survey states where cow are being rustled, but they did not do so in Benue where humans are being killed.
“It clearly shows that we have a government that places more emphasis on animals more than humans. Government must tackle this issue with all seriousness before it gets out of hand.”
Meanwhile, an attack by Fulani herdsmen on Yakira, a community in Baruten local government area of Kwara state, has left four people dead and many others injured.
Vanguard reports that the herdsmen were on reprisal following the killing of three of their colleagues in retaliation to the killing of an indigene of the community.
It was learnt that the indigene, whose death allegedly resulted in the killing of the herdsmen, had complained about incessant grazing of cattle on his farm.
He was later found dead in the farm.
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