The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has revealed that members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria are cooperating with the Ondo state government on programmes implemented following the ban on open grazing in the state. During his interview with Ruben Abati on Arise News, Akeredolu stated that the concerned individuals should know that the Ondo State government is not taking the issue lightly.
The issue of open grazing has been a topic of discussion by Nigerians in various parts of the country. You may recall that some states recently banned open grazing on their territory. Reactions have since trailed the ban on open grazing in some states.
Discussing the ban on Open Grazing in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu said, "The ban on open grazing is not targeted at anyone. If any indigene of Ondo state defies the law on open grazing, we will arrest them. We will not react to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, these are associations, and we have our associations to address them, not governors. Governors represent the people and our people have told us what they want. We have told the herdsmen to either live among us peacefully or vacate the state. They should know that we are not taking it lightly in Ondo State. Should we allow actions threatening our people to continue? The law is not targeted at anybody."
Explaining further, Akeredolu added, "We got FAO and other consultants to engage cattle rearers in Ondo state. Members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Ondo State are cooperating. We brought them together with other cattle rearers to teach them about feedlot. We are teaching them new ways."
Citing examples to buttress his point, Akeredolu said, "Open grazing was not banned in the South alone, was open grazing not banned in Katsina? They even added that there would be no cross-border cattle, the prohibited it. The governor of Katsina is Fulani, was the ban on open grazing in Katsina targeted at anybody? If anyone feels threatened by our law, let him go to court."
Click here to watch the interview. (21:00 minute)
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