MasterwebNews 29/4/16 - Intersociety Writes Senate President & House Speaker On Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria

[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety Writes Senate President & House Speaker ]  - Below is a copy of Intersociety’s letter to Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki - Senate President and Hon. Yakubu Adamu Dogara - Speaker of House of Representative titled "Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria By Way Of An Act For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserves (Establishment & Development) Commission: Dangers, Consequences & Solutions". 

 

Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/002/04/016/NASS/ABJ/NG

 

 
(1)The Senate President (Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki)
 
Office of the Senate President, Red Chambers
 
The National Assembly Complex, Three-Arms-Zone
 
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
 
(2) The Speaker of House of Reps (Hon Yakubu Adamu Dogara)
 
Office of the House Speaker, Green Chambers
 
The National Assembly Complex, Three-Arms-Zone
 
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
 
 
 
Sirs,
 
 
 
Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria By Way Of An Act For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserves (Establishment & Development) Commission: Dangers, Consequences & Solutions
 
 
 
(Onitsha Nigeria, 26th of April 2016)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety); supported by the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY), Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) and Intersociety, have resolved, as a matter of urgency and national importance, to write your two important legislative offices  concerning  the subject matter captioned and underlined above. This letter of ours also becomes necessary in view of the forthcoming public hearing at the House of Reps concerning the controversial Bill under reference.
 
As your two important legislative offices are aware, two Bills concerning the above subject matter, originally drawn from “the National Grazing Reserve (Establishment & Development) Bill 2008”, introduced  and sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure of Niger South Senatorial District of Niger State during the 6th National Assembly; are presently before the House of Reps. The two Bills are aimed at creating grazing reserves, ranches and cattle reserves across the 36 states to be funded with public funds through the establishment of a National Grazing Reserve Commission, an agency to be placed under the direct control of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the national patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a cattle rearing and trading association with membership in the civil service, retired and serving top security personnel, politics and other nomadic Fulani investors of sedentary backgrounds within and outside Nigeria (including Chad and Niger Republics); who are ethnographically referred to as “sedentary Fulanis”.
 
 
 
 One of the two grazing reserve Bills under reference was published in the official National Assembly Gazette of February 1, 2016 and the other was published in the March 16, 2016 edition of the National Assembly Journal. The two Bills contain details of the proposed law. The first Bill with number HB.16.02.388 is titled: “A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Grazing Route and Reserve Commission, to establish and control Grazing Routes and Reserves in all parts of Nigeria and other incidental matters thereto…” It is sponsored by Honourable Sunday Karimi from Kogi State while the second Bill, published on March 16, 2016 and titled: “A Bill for an Act to Establish Grazing Reserve in each State of the Federation of Nigeria to improve Agriculture yield from livestock farming and curb incessant conflicts between Cattle farmers and crop farmers in Nigeria and for Related Matters,” is marked HB.16.03.448 and sponsored by Hon Sadiq Ibrahim of Fafure/Song Federal Constituency in Adamawa State. The Bill is contained in pages 931 to 941 of the National Assembly Journal, Volume 13. The two Bills are being consolidated, having passed the Second Reading at the House of Reps (source: Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, April 20, 2016). The two Bills are mostly a replication or repetition of the first National Grazing Reserve Commission Bill of 2008, sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure. The following link contains the original National Grazing Reserve Bill of 2008 under reference: http://nass.gov.ng/document/download/147.
 
 
 
 As your two important legislative offices are further aware, for a Bill to be passed as a law, legislatively, before presidential assent, it must have originated from either of the two chambers of the National Assembly where most of its passage works are done, after which, there will be a concurrent passage of same by the other chamber; requiring lesser legislative work. This means that irrespective of the particular chamber where the Bill under reference is presently located or rooted, the two chambers (Senate and House of Reps) must pass or reject it concurrently at the end of the day. That is to say that the controversial Bill is presently before the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the watch of your two legislative offices.
 
 
We are saddened and dismayed over the referenced subject matter and local, national and international controversies so generated. It is further alarming and shocking that at this age of Nigeria’s statehood, its legislative, judicial and executive actors still rigmarole in absurdities, primordialism and clannishness by giving attention to issues that add no meaningful values to the country’s growth and development; other than those constituting and entrenching deepened structural violence, ethno-religious divisions, politico-economic exclusion, national backwardness, mass poverty, collective and individual security threats and other man-factored unsafe conditions. In the words of late Dr. Julius Nyerere; “Nigeria has chronically chosen to be moving steadily back to the cave, when its counterparts and peers of 60s and 70s are busy finding their ways into the orbit or moon”.
 
 
 
 Today, as shameless as Nigerian political actors are and as intellectually and socially stunted as they are, they spend the country’s lean resources going to countries like China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates either to beg for loans or to look for elusive foreign investments when their country is on fire and made risky and investment unfriendly. These actors also go in search of elusive investments and modern enslavement in the hands of some rich countries across borders. Yet back home, they plant seeds of discord and run oppressive policies and governa
 
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