- Southwest governors have been commended for their efforts in addressing the insecurity in the region in recent times
- The commendation was given by Gani Adams, a prominent Yoruba leader
- Adams also commended the governors for banning open grazing of cattle in the southwest
Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, on Tuesday, January 26 commended southwest governors for raising their voices against night and under-aged grazing across the region.
Adams in a statement sent to Legit.ng said the new agreement was a swift response to the growing spate of insecurity across the region.
He said the new arrangement was the governors' response to the growing insecurity across the region, adding that the effort of the state chief executives was a step in the right direction and an attempt to douse the tension and also proffer lasting solutions.
Part of the statement read:
“I commend the governors on the new development. It was a welcome development. The underlying motive is to reduce the growing tension in the region. But in solving these problems, we need to support the Southwest Security Network better known as Operation Amotekun.
“Southwest is a very complex region when compared with other regions. For instance, HISBAH, which is the security outfit in the north has been in existence for years, and it is presently in about 13 states in the region.
“But it is unfortunate that some individuals in the southwest are determined to change people's perception about Amotekun, doing everything that is possible to soil the image and undermine all the efforts of the southwest security outfit.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that state governors in the southwest on Monday, January 25 banned all forms of open grazing in the region.
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The decision was taken after the governors had a meeting 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.
Earlier in the day, the national president of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa has 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.
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