Southwest governors to ban open grazing

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state leads the other PDP faction
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state leads the other PDP faction

Governors from the Southwest region of Nigeria on Monday agreed to ban open grazing, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has said.

He explained that decision was reached in Akure, Ondo state following a meeting with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and some security chiefs.

In attendance at the peace meeting were Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa State and Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.

Detailing the resolution of Southwest governors at the meeting, Makinde wrote on his Twitter handle, “Today, the South West governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, South West 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.”