In a conference today, Governor Benedict Ayade rebuked acts to illegitimate the legal jobs of many Fulani Men which is Open-Grazing.
The Governor went on to reveal that we cannot by law illegitimate the legitimate jobs of the Nomadic Herdsmen.
“Even though Southern Governors have made it clear that all Southern Governors must pass the Anti-open Grazing Law, Cross River has not.” – Gov. Ben Ayade stated.
“I have not because I have to find a solution, I cannot ask my Herdsmen brothers whether of Northern or Southern parts of the country to shut down their trade and stay confined whether they have a pasture or not”.
The Governor further stated that it’s very insensitive to shut down the Herdsmen just because they don’t have the funds to setup confined grazing or any other issue, he added that if he obliged to the Southern Governors’ orders, it would lead to Anarchy in Cross-River State.
“If indeed open-grazing is coming with severe consequences, we should come together and look for a solution, we must find a way to create a balance between the herders and the Farmers and that’s the essence of being a Leader”- The Governor added.
Gov. Ben Ayade in the closing stages of his speech stated that he decided to pull back from signing the law and looked into possible solutions, he said that it’s why they created an Open-Grazing Management Law in the state.
He noted that the management law is not a prohibition and that he thinks that it isn’t morally and ethically acceptable to prohibit a Business that has been functioning before he was born.