The Nigerian Governors’ Forum and leadership of the Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association of Nigeria (macban) have met to chat a way forward to put an end to banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the South- West states and Nigeria at large.
At the meeting held at the dome in Akure, the Governors’ forum led by its chairman, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi Dr and the leadership of macban resolved to build partnership for peace and security with members of the Miyetti Allah in order to wage war against criminality in the region.
Government house correspondent, Joseph Ikugbonmire reports that Governors of Oyo, Osun, Kebbi as well as Jigawa and heads of security agencies attended the meeting.
The meeting which was at the instance of the Nigerian Governors’ forum was to put to rest the misconception on the social media that Ondo State Government ordered Fulani Herdsmen to vacate the state as against the decision reached during a meeting between the state Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and members of Miyetti Allah.
After over three hour deliberation on the issue, Chairman of the forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi read the resolution at the meeting.
Both parties agreed that there must be enduring framework with members of Miyetti Allah in a way that will help address security issues and that no one had sent anyone away from any state or region as all hands must be on deck to fish out criminals.
While it was also resolved that free range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between farmers as well as herders, it was agreed that members of macban must embrace and be committed to modern ranching process by creating grazing reserves to prevent roaming of cattle
It equally resolved that Criminals should be apprehended and punished no matter their origin, class and status with a call for a standing committee comprising of farmers, macban and the government to be set up in each state to nib crime in the bud.
National president of macban, Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa who spoke through his national secretary, Baba Othman Ngelzarma said the association is ready for any peaceful move by the States to engender security.
On his part governor Akeredolu said the quit notice given to herders to vacate government forest reserve is merely part of strategies to secure the state and that if the herders are registered it will be easy to identify those causing evil.
The inspector general of police, represented by the AIG in charge of zone eleven, Oshogbo, Femi Agunbiade reiterated the readiness of the police to carry out its constitutional role by ensuring law and order is maintained
Other governors who spoke include Governor Seyi Makinde, Gboyega Oyetola, Abubakar Bagudu and Abubakar Badaru called for peaceful coexistence among the people and herders