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The northern sociopolitical group newsmen that some of those advocating restructuring were bent on the disintegration of the country and that should not be allowed to happen.
The group, however, supported the decision of the governors to ban open grazing of cattle.
‘Our position on this is informed by the fact that some of the advocates of restructuring are at the same time advocating the dissolution of Nigeria. Are they believers in Nigeria at all? We must all agree to let Nigeria be before we move forward.’
He said there was nothing wrong for the President to address Nigerians on matters affecting the country.
The forum also said it supported the ban on open grazing, noting that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, an umbrella body of the herders, had called for the establishment of ranches.
The ACF spokesman also said, ‘There is nothing wrong with their call on the President to talk to Nigerians. As a politician, he should jump at any opportunity to communicate with the electorate.
‘On the issue of ban on open grazing, I don’t think there is the problem here with the stand of the ACF.
‘At our last National Working Committee meeting in Kaduna, the national leader of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria spoke to us at length.
‘He said he and his organisation had decided that the only way forward, and that in the interest of MACABAN, was to embark on ranching and that they were waiting for government’s policy’ he added.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK