Tension as southern governors move to enforce open grazing ban

There is tension in many states of the southern part of the country occasioned by the impending enforcement of the September 1 ban on open grazing in area.

This is coming just as numerous socio-political groupings in southern part of the country are currently engaging the pan-Fulani cattle breeders on the laws and its enforcement.

Southern governors had at a meeting in Lagos on July 5, 2021, announced a ban on open grazing across their region.

The governors resolution at the parley was made public by their chairman who is also the Ondo State Governor, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu.

At the meeting, they declared the ban following the killing of farmers and the sacking of some communities in their region by armed herders.

Commenting on the decision, Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, had urged the Federal Government not to jeopardize the enactment of the law by the governors.

Afenifere’s spokesman, Jare Ajayi, had said the federal government should allow the governors to use their regional security outfits to enforce the ban.

Ajayi had said the Amotekun and Ebube Agu should be empowered to enforce the law.

Meanwhile, the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, Saleh Alhassan, had vowed that its members would not recognize any anti-open grazing policy in the country ahead of the September 1 deadline.

Alhassan described the ban as satanic, hence would be discarded.

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