The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria have met in Ado Ekiti to sort out their differences over the new law restricting cattle grazing in the state.
The governor granted the request of the MACBAN leaders that they should be part of the patrol teams to enforce the law and commended them for their effort to support his administration in getting rid of bad eggs among the herdsmen.
The governor, at the meeting, held at the Government House in Ado Ekiti, agreed to bring in members of MACBAN as part of the grazing marshals to enforce the grazing law.
Fayose stated, “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 supposed to discriminate and as a leader, I don’t discriminate.
“The law of the land is not against anybody who obeys it but those who flout it. It is those people destroying other people’s farms that are causing this problem.
“We have given land to people to farm and they have paid; some, for many years to use the land and somebody now comes and destroys their means of livelihood and make them suffer losses; we won’t allow that.
“If anybody says Fayose is after the Hausa or Fulani people, that person has no sense.”
The MACBAN Chairman in Ekiti, Alhaji Muhammad Nasamu, commended the governor for his frankness and openness.
He noted that the meeting had disabused the minds of his members about wrong information being circulated by some people about the governor and the state government.
The MACBAN Secretary in Ekiti, Alhaji Zaiyanu Mohammed, said his members were also not in support of cows destroying people’s means of livelihood.