Gracing Law: Fayose/Miyeti Allah sign Peace Pact, releases detained Cattle

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.
Ekiti State Government and members of t‎he Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the umbrella body of cattle rearers in the country, on Thursday signed a communique to ensure seamless operation of the Anti-Grazing Law in the state.
After signing peace pact with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle
Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose released nine cattle arrested by the Grazing Marshals, but warned that any further violation of the law would not be tolerated.
As part of the measures to curb friction between the two sides, cattle breeders operating in Ekiti State are to register with the traditional rulers of their host communities.
The free registration must, however, be done within the next 14 days after which the registered names would be forwarded to the state government for data keeping.
The event, which took place at the Government House grounds, had farmers, traditional rulers, state government officials and MACBAN leaders and members from across the South-West region in attendance.
Speaking on the occasion, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, said having met a select group of herdsmen earlier in the week, he called a broader meeting to involve many stakeholders in the deliberation for better results.

“You are all my brothers and there is no reason to trouble you.‎ Many among you have been here for long and your families are here too.‎ Ali Garuba from Malunfashi, Kaduna State was part of my first term administration and currently an Igbo man is a councillor in Ward 10 of Ado Local Government. What we are doing today is to ensure peaceful relationship between you, your host communities and the state government.
“Those killed in Oke Ako are gone and can’t be alive again and we should not allow a repeat of such terrible incident.‎ Ekiti people buy cattle from you and you are making profit. We are not asking for much, just for you to obey our law. The law is not targeted at those who obey the law. You have to register with traditional ruler of your host community.
‎”It is you who will inform the monarch of new faces coming to join you ‎or pretending to be herdsmen. Going armed will not be tolerated. No form of weapon is allowed in Ekiti State for cattle rearing. A company will be monitoring your activities fro‎m the air. They have done air surveillance of Ijero Forest Reserve and we saw some buildings deep down the forest. We must all be security conscious,” he noted.
Governor Fayose said those playing politics with the controversy that initially trailed the implementation of the law were only being mischievous.
He agreed to the pro‎posal that members of the MACBAN be part of the patrol teams.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, said the law was drafted to curb the excesses of some cattle farmers.
In his remarks, the South-West leader of MACBAN, Alhaji ‎‎Mohammed Kabir, who said he was born and bred in Abeokuta, Ogun State, said his group had gone round states in the region to sensitise members on the need for peaceful co-existence.
He added that the effort resulted in the few recorded cases of herdsmen/farmers clashes in the region compared to the South-East and the Middle Belt.
Speaking on behalf of traditional rulers in the state, the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Ajewole, said the governor spoke the minds of Ekiti people.

“What we want is what our governor has said and that is peaceful coexistence. Farming is our profession and what the governor told you is what the people are telling him. We are peace loving here and not murderers. We want the peace to continue to reign and we are satisfied with how your leaders have spoken,” he said

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