State governors within the southwest on Monday, January 25 banned all sorts of open grazing within the region.
Punch reports that the choice was taken after the governors had a gathering with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) which was also attended by security chiefs.
Two northern governors, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi also attended the meeting.
The move by the southwest governors is analogous thereto of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.
The governors took the choice following a gathering with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria also as security chiefs in Akure, the Ondo capital today Monday, January 25.
The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, gave an update on the resolutions of the governors at the meeting. Posting via his Instagram page, the governor wrote
“Today, the SW governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, SW zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing altogether parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we have already got a law against open grazing which can still be implemented by our security agencies.
“I restated that we’ll not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we’ll still support our security agencies to try to to their duties. Also, we’ll work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”