To make matters worse, the Miyetti Alllah association has raised concerns that if the proposed antigrazing bill is passed into law in southern states, it will result in the increase of the price of cows.
In clear terms, the herders’ organisation disclosed that one cow may sell for as high as N2 million if the bill is signed.
But being who they are, Nigerians are often ready to take on the worst case scenerios, and as such have started thinking of ways to get meat other than beef.
Most of those who are now thinking of boycotting beef because of the perceived increase of its price spoke on their survival strategies online like buying chicken, snails, fish, goat meat, prawns and pork.
This was in reaction to a question posed by Legit.ng on Facebook on the alternative for cow meat.
In fact, some beileves that if this happens it will be a blessing in disguise because, they said, people in old times lived much longer because they avoided beef.
Others believe that most of those who sell the cows cannot buy them for that much, adding that within the next two months, the same cattle sellers will come begging to give the animals for lesser prices.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly had passed the State’s Value Added Tax (VAT) bill. Also, the House passed the bill that prohibitted open cattle grazing in the state. The two bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers.
Immediately after the passage, speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa directed the acting clerk, Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit a clean copy to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for assent.
“I thank you all for this historic exercise.”
Open grazing, VAT bills scale second reading at Lagos Assembly
The Assembly on Monday, September 6, committed the bill on open grazing to the committee on agriculture after it scaled second reading.
Legit.ng reported that the House also read for the first and second time the state’s Value Added Tax bill and asked the committee on finance which is handling it to report back on Thursday, September 9.