In what will be open to diverse interpretation from many Nigerians, southwest governors and Miyetti Allah have agreed that some changes must be effected in the act of grazing of cattle in the region.
They arrived at some of these changes following a meeting in Akure, capital of Ondo state after the quit notice issued to unregistered herders in the state's forest reserves elapsed.
The two parties at the meeting agreed that extensive changes must be made to avoid the incessant crises associated with the movement of cattle, given that some criminal elements are hiding under it to commit crimes.
Here are 13 issues that topped discussions at the meeting:
1. Insecurity is not peculiar to any tribe or region.
2. Akeredolu's order was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media.
3. The governor only ordered those occupying the Forest Reserves in Ondo state illegally to quit.
4. There should be partnership to fight against criminality.
5. The governor had not sent anyone away from the state.
6. There must be an end to night grazing.
7. There must be an end to underage herding.
8. It is wrong to occupy state forest reserves illegally.
9. Criminals and kidnappers also target MACBAN members.
10. MACBAN supports states peaceful move on security.
11. Free-range grazing is no longer tenable. It must be stopped.
12. MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process.
13. There should be a standing committee comprising of farmers, MACBAN and the government should in each state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the national president of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa directed Fulani herders across the southwest of the country to put an end to both night and underaged grazing with immediate effect.
Kiruwa also warned herders to desist from taking their cows to people’s farms for grazing, adding that the frequent farmers/herders clash must be brought to an end.
The MACBAN president said the order given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state was not new but has been issued two years ago, adding that those who wished to remain in the government forest reserve should get registered.