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Synod Canvasses Support for Taraba Anti-open Grazing Bill

The synod of the Christian Reformed Church, Nigeria (CRC-N) has called on the people of Taraba to support the anti-open grazing and ranching establishment bill before the State Assembly.

Rev. Dr. Caleb Ahima

In a communique issued on Monday at the end the 113th General Church Council held at CRC-N N0.1 in Takum and signed by the President, Rev. Dr. Caleb Ahima, the synod described the bill as timely.

According to the communique, the bill when passed into law, will help put to rest incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state which have led to the death of many and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

“We condemned in strong terms, the recent protest against the bill by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Jalingo calling for the suspension of the bill.

“We urge the State House of Assembly to give the bill accelerated hearing for quick passage as it will reduce the security challenges confronting the state,” part of the communique read.

The synod observed that as an agrarian state,  Taraba need laws that would allow farmers and grazers to go about their activities peacefully, adding that encroachment on farmlands has been a major source of conflicts in the state.

While commending Governor Darius Ishaku for the steps taken to bring peace in the state, the synod called on the state government to put an end to the heinous attacks by Fulani herdsmen across the state.

On the quit notice given to Igbos to leave the north by some youth groups in the region, the synod condemned the threat which it said is capable of plunging the country into serious crisis and called on the federal government to quickly resolve the issue.

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