Benue’s anti-open grazing law is unconstitutional, should be reviewed – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next month’s election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called for a review of the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law in Benue state.

Atiku who was answering questions, Wednesday, on a talkshow “The Candidates” said the law is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of Fulani herdsmen to freedom of movement and residence across the country.

“We have to look at the constitutionality of those laws. I’m not sure weather they come with the privisions of our constitution which guarantees freedom of movement, the right to reside wherever you want in the country and so on, and so forth. So we have to look at that.

“The constitution does not restrict the movement of people in Nigeria, so any law that restrict people from moving freely and doing their legitimate business can’t be upheld”, he said.

The former vice-president said rather than ban the free movement of cattle, feeding lots should be established across the country, an intervention which he admitted would take a long time to achieve.

“I believe that the best solution to the farmers herders clashes is to try and enlighten our herdsmen on the use of feeding lots. These feeding lots can conviniently be established all over the country.

“It is an old problem, dating back to the days of the prophets. America faced the same problem. Eventually, the solution is the establishment of feeding lots all over the country.” He concluded.

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