The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, on Monday banned all forms of open and night grazing in the South-West.
This was made known on Monday at a meeting led by its Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, security agencies and other stakeholders on at the International Centre for Culture and Events (DOME), Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping and crises between herdsmen and farmers in the Southwest geo-political zone of the country.
The meeting held following the Executive Order of the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, to the Fulani Herdsmen illegaly occupying the State Forest Reserves to vacate within seven days with effect from Monday 18″ January, 2021.
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Fayemi said insecurity is a national challenge which is not peculiar to any tribe or region but must be addressed by the cooperation of all.
He said the order of the Ondo State Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media.
According to him, Akeredolu only ordered those occupying the Forest Reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.
“There is the need to build partnership for peace and security with MACBAN and jointly wage war against criminality.
“No one had sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality,” he said.
He further added that night grazing should be banned henceforth
“Under age herding is Inimical to security and hence be banned and occupation of State Forest Reserves illegally is condemned.”