State governors in the southwest on Monday, January 25 banned all forms of open grazing in the region.
Punch reports that 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.
The move by the southwest governors is similar to that of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.
The governors took the decision following a meeting with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria as well as security chiefs in Akure, the Ondo state 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 in all parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.
“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”