As some Nigerians know, there have been clashes between Fulani herdsmen and communities where they graze their cattle in recent times. Some of these clashes have taken place in places like Kogi, Oyo, parts of the East.
It is against this background that the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Ayo Olubori, at a meeting of the stakeholders in Abeokuta on Wednesday, advised Fulani herdsmen to halt their migration to the state. The commissioner said the directive was to enable the state to address the factors responsible for the recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen and also to set a minimum requirement for the nomads.
According to the commissioner, “Fulani herdsmen who are bringing their cattle into the state for grazing should suspend their coming until proper arrangements have been made to ensure that the crises that usually occur between them and farmers do not happen again… Government is working to ensure that farmers and herdsmen can cohabit peacefully without a breakdown of law and order and we will not tolerate a recurrence of what was witnessed last year.”
The meeting was well attended by representatives of the ministry, security agents, the concerned council bosses, Seriki Fulanis of the affected areas and a representative of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter.