•MACBAN members now part of patrol teams
Members of the umbrella body of cattle owners, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), will be part of patrol teams to enforce the law to regulate grazing in Ekiti State, it was learnt.
Governor Ayo Fayose gave the directive yesterday at a meeting with the leadership of MACBAN where parties resolved “grey” areas in the enforcement of the Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing Act 2016.
MACBAN leaders had requested to be part of the patrol of Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals (EGEM), a request Fayose granted.
The meeting, which took place at the Government House, was attended by MACBAN state executives and representatives from local governments.
The governor said: “I have nothing against you or any other ethnic group. Nobody should bring politics into this matter. If a Yoruba person destroys your property, I will defend you too.
“Leaders are not to discriminate, and as a leader I don’t discriminate. The law is not against anyone who obeys it but those who flout it. It is people destroying other people’s farms who are causing this problem.
“We have given lands to people to farm and they have paid and when somebody destroys their means of livelihood and make them suffer, we won’t allow that.
“It is bad people who make others suffer. If anybody says Fayose is after Hausa or Fulani people, that person has no sense. During my first term, I appointed a man from Malumfashi as a special adviser. This term too, I appointed Musa Kanga into the Pilgrims Welfare Board.
“In Oke Ako-Ekiti last May, two persons were killed, people’s wives raped by those hiding under the guise of rearing cattle. I have 83 cows too and I have told the person taking care of them that if he goes against the law and any of them is seized, he will be responsible.”
The governor cautioned against rearing cows on major roads and town centres, saying it had caused fatal accidents in the past.
He explained: “If you have not been to the United Kingdom or United States, I guess some of you have been to Mecca, did you see herdsmen leading their cattle across city centres and major roads, with the cows defecating everywhere?
“This is not done and it is not that the people in those places don’t breed cows.”
On the demand by MACBAN leaders to be part of the patrol teams to enforce the law, the governor acceded and commended their effort to support his administration.
The state MACBAN Chairman, Muhammad Nasamu, praised the governor for his frankness.
Nasamu said the meeting disabused minds about the governor and the government.
He said: “Hearing from you has quelled all strange stories we hear. Leaders from across the federation have been calling me that they have been hearing funny stories from the state, but now we know the truth. Ekiti is my home and anybody who spoils the name of Ekiti is spoiling my name.
“We are suggesting that farmers and herdsmen be part of the marshalls who will patrol across the state. When that is done, there will no longer be any trouble. Those in the office don’t know what is happening in the bush and we will try and bridge the communication gap.”
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