Cattle breeders ban night grazing, underage herding
By Yinka Salaam, Osogbo
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has directed Fulani Herders across the Southwest states to put an end to both night grazing and underaged herding with immediate effect.
The National President of the association, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa also warned herders to desist from taking their cows to people’s farms for grazing, saying frequents farmers/herders clash must be brought to an end.
Kiruwa was speaking in Akure, Ondo state capital at a security meeting among the governors of Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Kebbi and Jigawa states, with the leadership of the cattle breeders as well as Heads of Security Agencies.
He noted that the order given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had earlier been issued two years ago, stressing that those who wish to remain in the forest reserve should get registered.
Kiruwa who maintained that MACBAN is a peaceful group that values harmony and condemns criminalities in any form, said the association will continue to work with security agencies to fish out criminals elements among them.
He declared MACBAN’s readiness to cooperate with the states to engender security and embrace modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practice ranching to prevent cattle roaming.
Peaceful co-existence in Nigeria
Meanwhile, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has recommended the setting up of a committee on peaceful coexistence in the states as a measure to address emerging crises and intolerance.
Oyetola cited the example of the Osun state committee on peaceful coexistence, which he said has been instrumental to the amicable settlement of several cases in the recent past.
“We must take a common and workable position that will rein in criminals and ensure peace in our nation. Constant interaction with the herders, artisanal miners and other strangers at the community will help mitigate violence in our respective states and region.
“In Osun, for instance, we have in place a committee on peaceful coexistence between Fulani/Bororo and crop farmers”.
Osun governor said all the governors have a duty to promote and ensure a united and stronger Nigeria, saying the Committee has assisted in resolving several cases amicably.