The Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have agreed to the prohibition of night grazing and illegal occupation of forest reserves in the Southwest region of Nigeria.
In a communique at the end of a security meeting between the Governors, Miyetti Allah, and heads of security agencies on Monday, January 25, in Akure, it was also resolved that grazing by under-aged herders was prohibited.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum, who read the communique, said that free-range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between farmers and herders.
Fayemi urged Miyetti Allah to embrace and be committed to the modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practice ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.
The Governor, who said MACBAN also suffered insecurity and kidnapping, expressed confidence in peaceful moves by the states to engender security and economic opportunities in the country.
According to him, the order of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State 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.
Earlier, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, National President, Miyetti Allah, had urged his members; to desist from grazing cows into farmlands; grazing at night; as well as grazing by minors.
Kiruwa, who assured of the cooperation of MACBAN at all times; directed executive members of the association in every state to work with all security outfits to tackle crime.
Governors in attendance at the meeting included Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa, and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun.
Others were Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and former deputy Governor of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
Oriental News Nigeria recalls that Akeredolu issued a seven-day ultimatum last Monday; for the eviction of herdsmen occupying the forest reserves illegally.