Insecurity And The Fulani Herdsmen: Southwest Governors Ban Open Grazing In The Region

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The South West Governors has today after meeting with the Miyetti Allah, the Cattle Herders Association in Nigeria have unanimously banned all forms of open grazing in the region. The decision by the Southwest Governors was reached today after a rigorous meeting with the leadership of the herdsmen, Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as well as the security chiefs of the region.

Governors present at the meeting were; Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa State) and Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi State), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State), and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State).

While briefing the newsmen after the meeting, governor Makinde said, “Today, the South West governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, southwest zone led by the AIG Zone 11, and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.

“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.

He added that it was their collective decision that they cannot allow criminality as a response to criminal activity in the region they have sworn to protect, instead he said, the Governors have resolved to support the security agencies to carry out their legitimate duties.

This as we will work to uproot the enemy criminals who are out for criminalities like kidnapping; armed robbery and banditry in our region, Makinde added.