Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has called on other state Governors to ban cattle grazing in their various states.
He said the move will curb the killings and violence that trail the Fulani herdsmen anywhere they graze.
Governor Fayose, on Monday, May 23, 2016, banned grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti state, following attacks on Oke Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Punch reports that the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communication and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, in a radio interview, quoted Governor Fayose saying “The people are angry because the person elected to secure their lives is keeping quiet and taking side with these Fulani criminals, I don’t want to call them herdsmen. Herdsmen to my mind do not carry Ak-47.
“These people are another version of Boko Haram that should be tackled headlong. We saw the Agatu killings and we don’t need to wait till they kill over 400 people before we act. That was why we took this step (banning cattle grazing) in Ekiti. I want to believe other governors will emulate this.”
Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere also commended the Governor for taking what it called a bold step to ban cattle rearing and grazing in the state.
Also, another group from the South-East, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has praised Fayose for his courage.