Wednesday, May 25

‘Where do we go outside Ekiti?’ say herdsmen as they beg Fayose

‘Where do we go outside Ekiti?’ say herdsmen as they beg Fayose

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has appealed to Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, to relax the ban on herdsmen and their grazing cattle.

Baba Ngelzerma, the secretary general of the association, said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television.

Ngelzerma asked the governor to show statesmanship, blaming most of the attacks on “criminals”.

He announced the readiness of the group to negotiate with Ekiti government.

“Our doors are open, we can still go to the governor, we can still discuss and find solutions to these problems,” he said.

“We had a meeting with our elites from different fields of human endeavours to find solutions to these problems. We are calling on the governor of Ekiti state to show a lot of statesmanship.

“These things are perpetrated by criminals. No doubt what happened is sad but before investigations are conducted, people jump to conclusions that things were done by herdsmen; it may be so, but at least as a governor he should wait and find out who the perpetrators are before apportioning blame.

“The whole of Ekiti state is his responsibility today including strangers that are in the state. Even the cows that are in Ekiti state today, the governor has a responsibility on them.

“You cannot blame an entire group for a crime committed by few. There was a situation in Ore where a watchman killed a herdsman, we did not take law into our hands, instead we reported to the police.

“We cannot say that the Yoruba people are responsible for that. If you stop the Fulanis from grazing, where should they go?”.

Stating actions that have been taken, Ngelzerma expressed the readiness of the association to put an end to the situation.

He said the association had been collaborating with security agencies to find a last solution to the problem.

“A lot have been going on regarding this issue and different factions of the government have been looking into it. We have been having meetings with the defence headquarters and the police, hands are on deck to resolve the issue.”

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