The Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose Bans Grazing & Rearing Of Cattle in Ekiti State
He said that those interested in cattle
farming should get their own private cattle ranch.
The governor, who became the first ever state executive to take
such a drastic measure in the country, also said a bill to make
the movement of cattle from one location to another criminal in
the state would soon be sent to the State House of Assembly.
Governor Fayose, who made this known when he visited Oke-Ako
in Ikole local government area of the State that was invaded last
Friday by Fulani herdsmen that killed two residents of the town
and injured others, warned that government would henceforth
confiscate any cattle seen anywhere in the State apart from
ranch created for them by their owners.
He described the Fulani herdsmen that attacked Oke-Ako and
other communities in the country as “agents of the devil that
must be fished out and punished accordingly.”
The governor said, “We will not leave our lands for Fulani
herdsmen and in a system where the leadership of the country
looks the other way while our people are being killed, we will
have no option than to defend ourselves by whatever means.
“I have come here to commiserate with the people of Oke-Ako
over the murder of two of our people by these evil Fulani
“I am also here to assure that this will be the last time your
community will be invaded by Fulani herdsmen under whatever
“I have directed that cattle rearing and grazing should stop in
Ekiti State and those interested in cattle farming should
henceforth do so in their own cattle ranch.
“No more movement of cattle from one location to another in the
State and any cattle seen anywhere in Ekiti State apart from the
ranch created for them by their owners will be confiscated by the
government and their owners will be prosecuted.
“A bill to this effect will be sent to House of Assembly for
passage into law to criminalise cattle owners whose cattle are
found moving from one location the other in the State.
“If President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the patron of the
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN),
has refused to call the herdsmen to order, we in Ekiti will no
longer harbour herdsmen who go about killing our people,
destroying our farmlands and raping our women.
“If the same President Buhari that was so concerned about the
killing of Fulani herdsmen in in Saki, Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State
such that he, as a private citizen led Arewa to Ibadan on October
13, 2000, to confront the then Governor of Oyo State, late Alhaji
Lam Adesina is now keeping silent when the same herdsmen are
killing our people, we must rise and defend ourselves.
“It is our duty to protect our people and we are going to do that
without fear or favour. ”
The governor said the activities of Fulani herdsmen was inimical
to the revival of agriculture in the country saying, “one wonders
how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the
farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of
their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal
Government is not doing anything about it.”