South-West Governors, on Monday, January 25, banned all forms of open grazing by herders in the region.
The governors made the decision after meeting with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, some other Northern governors as well as security chiefs in a bid to resolve the ongoing crisis involving Fulani herders in the South West.
In attendance at the meeting were Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa State, and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.
Governor Makinde said after the meeting, “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, “I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead, we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers, and bandits.”