Herdsmen Attack: Miyetti Allah Asks Fayose To Show Statesmanship

Miyetti-Allah, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti, HerdsmenThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show statesmanship over the recent alleged herdsmen attack on a community in his state.

The Secretary General of the Association, Baba Ngelzerma, made the appeal on Wednesday while reacting to the Governor’s ban on public grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.

“The statement that the Governor issued, I think he has to exercise some restraint (and) he has to show statesmanship on solving this issue,” he said.

Mr Ngelzerma said on Sunrise Daily that the association was making efforts to meet with Governor Fayose, adding that the association was in contact with its branch in Ekiti State over the matter.

He admitted that there were bad ones amongst them but urged the public not to put blames on the herdsmen until an investigation was conducted.

“Like every other community in Nigeria, we have our own criminals too but then, you cannot jump to conclusion and just apportion blame on a particular group even before an investigation is conducted,” he said.

One-sided Dissemination of Information
The Miyetti Allah Secretary General disclosed that the association had convened a meeting last week, to look at ways of solving the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and various communities across Nigeria.

Ngelzerma stressed that the media had a major role to play in solving the crises while he commended Channels Television for giving them the opportunity to tell their own side of the story.

He condemned the one-sided dissemination of information to the public, urging other broadcast organisations to emulate Channels Television and balance their stories.

Fayose Bans Public Grazing, Cattle Rearing In Ekiti State

fulani herdsmenThe Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has banned grazing and cattle rearing in the state following the recent attack on the people of Oke-Ako in Ikole-Ekiti Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

He made the declaration during his visit to Oke-Ako community and the affected victims.

He asked that anyone interested in the cattle business should build a ranch.

Governor Fayose said that he was also declaring war against the gunmen for killing his people after destroying their farmland and that he would support in any way to protect the people.

Reports say the gunmen arrived Oke-Ako community at about 8pm and started shooting sporadically leaving two people dead and several others injured.

Governor Ayo Fayose arrived from a political trip to Port Harcourt and immediately decided to visit the community with top government officials to see the level of damage.

After visiting the victims and the deceased families, he said that he was left with no choice than to ban indiscriminate grazing and cattle rearing in the state, warning that any cattle found wandering in the state would be confiscated.

He added that a bill to make movement of cattle from one location in the state to another criminal would soon be sent to the State House of Assembly.

Traditional rulers have also condemned the incident and have called for President Buhari’s intervention.

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Etop John-James, however, said that the situation was under control.

To the families of the deceased, Governor Fayose has released the sum of 2.5 million Naira and another 2.5million Naira for the local hunters to get all it takes to prepare for self-defence, including a patrol vehicle.

Security operatives have also been deployed to the community.