Akure, Jan.25, 2021 (NAN)
Governors’ forum, Miyetti Allah reach consensus,
No Grazing in Farmlands,
No Night Grazing and surport security agencies to tackle crime.
MACBAN, urged members to desist from straying cows into farmlands, night grazing, and grazing by minors.
The Governors’ Forum has reached a consensus with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) that night, under-aged grazing, and occupation of state forest reserves illegally, are banned and condemned respectively.
This was contained in a communique issued on Monday in Akure after a meeting of the Governors’ forum with the leadership of MACBAN and heads of security agencies on emerging security challenges in the Southwest geo-political zone.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who read the communique, said that free range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between the farmers and herders.
Fayemi said that MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practice ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.
The governor, who said MACBAN also suffers insecurity and kidnapping, expressed readiness for any peaceful move by the states to engender security, and economic opportunities in the country.
He noted that the order of the Ondo State Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media, as he only ordered those occupying the forest reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.
“No one has sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Monday issued a seven-day ultimatum for the eviction of herdsmen occupying the forest reserves illegally.
However, some sections of the social media had misinterpreted the order, and reported that the governor had issued an ultimatum for fulani herdsmen to vacate Ondo State.
Earlier, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, National President, MACBAN, urged members to desist from straying cows into farmlands, night grazing, and grazing by minors.
Kiruwa, who assured of the cooperation of the association any time it was needed, directed the executive members of every state to work with all security outfits to tackle crime.
Also, Mr Olufemi Agunbiade, AIG Zone 11, Oshogbo, Nigeria Police, urged people not to give crime any colouration.
“Crime does not have religious or ethical affiliations. A kidnapper is a kidnapper,” he said.
NAN reports that the governors in attendance include Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi; Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa; and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun.
Others are Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and former deputy governor of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
theplebisciteworld, wonders if this consensus will be different from several ones reached with Miyetti Allah in South East in 2014, Benue State in 2014, Plateau State in 2012, Delta State in 2016.Miyetti Allah may not respect this consensus. Free cow grazing should be banned respective State’s Legislature, followed by the Mass and Senate. Untill this happens individual families, groups must defend and protect their lives,property and farmlands.