Fayose, Fulani Herdsmen Meet Over Ekiti Anti-Grazing Law – See The Agreement Reached
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday declared that he had nothing against the interest of Fulani people or any other ethnic group in the country.
Fayose made the statement during a meeting with leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, the umbrella body of cattle rearers, in Ado-Ekiti to iron out grey areas in the enforcement of the Anti-Grazing Law in the state.
The meeting, which took place at the Government House, had Ekiti State executive of MACBAN and representatives from the local governments in the state in attendance.
Expressing happiness that the leaders of MACBAN decided to contact the state government instead of listening to rumours being peddled around by the opposition, the governor said, “I have nothing against you or any other ethnic group. Nobody should bring politics into this matter.
If a Yoruba person destroys your property I will defend you too. It is people destroying other people’s farms that are causing this problem.
“We have given lands to people to farm and they have paid, some for many years to use the lands and when somebody now comes and destroys their means of livelihood and make them suffer losses, we won’t allow that.
If anybody says Fayose is after Hausa or Fulani people, that person has no sense. During my first term, I appointed a man from Malunfashi as a Special Adviser. This term too, I appointed Musa Kanga into the Pilgrims Welfare Board.
“In Oke Ako-Ekiti last May, two persons were killed, people’s wives raped by those hiding under the guise of rearing cattle.
I have 83 cows too and I have told the person taking care of them that if he goes against the law and any of them is seized, he will be responsible for that,” he said. Fayose also emphasized not leading cows along major roads and city centres, saying that had caused fatal vehicular accidents in the past.
Ekiti State MACBAN chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Nasamu, commended the governor for his frankness and openness.