by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti
The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II and the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa have urged herders to obey the anti-open grazing law in Ekiti State to end the crisis between farmers and herders.
This is just as the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose expressed readiness to grant amnesty to any armed herder who surrenders such arms to security agencies in the state. They spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital during stakeholders meeting at the Government House grounds to find a lasting solution to the crises between herders and farmers which had claimed about three lives in communities in the state.
The emir, who is a patron of MACBAN, and represented by former Kano State Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, frowned at the situation whereby some criminal elements would hide under grazing of a herd to perpetrate crimes.
“I am standing in here for the emir and I am the Sardauna of Kano. The emir mandated me to come over here with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and find out how we can work amicably. He feels that as a patron of the group, he must ensure peace and lauded Governor Fayose for promoting peace.
“The law Governor Fayose enacted is the best to defend the rights of farmers and cattle breeders. Whoever crosses the red line should be dealt with as the law provides. That breeders should obey the rules of the communities they reside,” he said.
In his comment, the MACBAN president described the meeting as a great eye opener and one that would put an end to incessant clashes between farmers and herders.
Fayose said the law caters to the well-being of parties involved, especially the herders, farmers, host communities, among others.
Fayose said the essence of the meeting was to find peaceful means of resolving issues instead of beating the drums of war.
He also accepted the invitation by Kiruwa to be part of the teams to mediate in the crises in Benue and Taraba states.
Source – Daily Trust