The foremost Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has responded to call by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti that he has placed a ban on cattle grazing in the state.
Afenifere in a statement on Monday, May 23 said Fayose’s move was courageous and the group wassolidly behind him.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state
Fayose issued the ban following attack by herdsmen on a community in of Oke-Ako leading to the death of two people and leaving others injured.
Premium Times reports that Yinka Odumakin who is the spokesperson of Afenifere said the action of Fayose was a timely move to strengthen the civilization that gives value to human lives above cows.
“We have sacrificed enough blood in the unending cycle of bloodletting by Fulani herdsmen, the latest being those killed in Ekiti two days ago,”
“The responsible action of the governor should jolt the Federal Government that has appeared largely indifferent to the murderous activities of the Fulani herdsmen to act responsibly over this matter.
“We fully endorse this action which is in conformity with the resolution of the 2014 National Conference that cattle breeders must embrace ranching as against grazing reserves being canvassed in certain quarters.”
Governor Fayose followed the ban on herdsmen in Ekiti state with a call for them to be terminated.
He said this when he visited the families of the victims of the recent attack.
He said: “Anywhere you find a cow that is grazing unnecessarily on our ways, call my attention, we will take them out. I am going to the house of assembly to criminalize grazing in wrong areas. You hide under grazing to kill people, you are operating in the night, where would you tell me someone grazing found AK47?
“Some people are behind them, using AK 47, you rape my wife, you rape my children, if they attempt it, bring them down! Terminate their lives! If they claim they want to sleep with your wives, they want to touch your children, bring them down! Bring them down!
“It is a war against Ekiti, it must be fought with the totality of our strength. God bless you, I want to reassure you, we’ll provide the necessary security to keep you in your community. Don’t run away, don’t go to another community, it is your home and nobody will have drive you out of your home!