Herdsmen signed agreement for peaceful coexistence in Ekiti State (PHOTOS)
The herdsmen in Ekiti and southwest took an oath to ensure peaceful coexistence with host communities in Ekiti after a peace meeting convened by Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti state governor.
During the ceremony, the herdsmen representatives promised that they would not kill or allow their cows to stray into farms.
The oath taking ceremony was administered by Ardo Mairero, the Sarkin Fulani of Kwara state. he The Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, who was represented by Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state.
Others include the national president of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Muhammadu Kiruwa, the heads of security and law enforcement agencies, hunters, members of MACBAN, farmers, vigilantes and grazing enforcement marshals.
Fayose's agreement was signed and a traditional oath was administered. Credit: Punch
The pastorialists promised that they would no longer behave in unruly manner, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms. Credit: Punch
The meeting was attended by the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, who was represented by a former Kano state governor, Ibrahim Shekarau. Credit: Punch
The oath taking ceremony was administered by Ardo Mairero, the Sarkin Fulani of Kwara state. Credit: Punch
The chief press Secretary to the Ekiti state government, Idowu Adelusi, said,
“It was administered with kola and sharing of the kola, which is a Fulani tradition that is binding on the initiators.
“With this oath, issues of robbery, killing, damaging of farms and kidnapping, among others, being allegedly perpetuated by Fulani herders are over in the state.
“The meeting and signing of the memorandum by all parties lasted for two hours between 11.00pm on Monday 19 to 1.00am of Tuesday, February 20."
The agreement reads in part: “All herders must obey the anti-grazing and relevant laws of the land.
“That herdsmen must stop attacks on any member of the host communities. Any herder that breaches the peace should be prepared to face the wrath of the law, and Ekiti people should not provoke the herdsman or kill their cattle.
“It is therefore agreed that pastoralists/farmers’ crisis and killings, under any guise must stop immediately.
“The meeting supports the anti-night grazing stand of the law because it protects the interest of all parties and the law takes its course in the violation of letters of these resolutions.”
The Emir reportedly declared his support and commended the governor for the enactment of the Ekiti grazing law during a meeting attended by heads of security and law enforcement, hunters, members of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), farmers, vigilantes and grazing enforcement marshals at the Ekiti state Government House on Monday, February 19, 2018.