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Fayose bans cattle grazing, says cattle farmers must own ranches

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has banned grazing and rearing of cattle in the State, saying those interested in cattle farming should get their own private cattle ranch.

Fayose who made this known when he visited Oke-Ako in Ikole local government area of the State, following last Friday’s invasion by Fulani herdsmen, which left two residents killed and others injured, disclosed that a bill to make movement of cattle from one location to another criminal in the State would soon be sent to the State House of Assembly.

Governor Fayose, however,  warned that government will henceforth confiscate any cattle seen anywhere in the State apart from ranches created for them by their owners.

He described the Fulani herdsmen that attacked Oke-Ako and other communities in the country as “agents of the devil that must be fished out and punished accordingly.”

Fayose said:  “We will not leave our lands for Fulani herdsmen and in a system where the leadership of the country looks the other way while our people are being killed, we will have no option than to defend ourselves by whatever means.

“I have come here to commiserate with the people of Oke-Ako over the murder of two of our people by these evil Fulani herdsmen. I am also here to assure that this will be the last time your community will be invaded by Fulani herdsmen under whatever guise.

“I have directed that cattle rearing and grazing should stop in Ekiti State and those interested in cattle farming should henceforth do so in their own cattle ranch.

“No more movement of cattle from one location to another in the State and any cattle seen anywhere in Ekiti State apart from the ranch created for them by their owners will be confiscated by the government and their owners will be prosecuted.

“A bill to this effect will be sent to House of Assembly for passage into law to criminalise cattle owners whose cattle are found moving from one location the other in the State.

“If President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refused to call the herdsmen to order, we in Ekiti will no longer harbour herdsmen who go about killing our people, destroying our farmlands and raping our women.

“If the same President Buhari that was so concerned about the killing of Fulani herdsmen in in Saki, Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State such that he, as a private citizen led Arewa to Ibadan on October 13, 2000, to confront the then Governor of Oyo State, late Alhaji Lam Adesina is now keeping silent when the same herdsmen are killing our people, we must rise and defend ourselves.

“It is our duty to protect our people and we are going to do that without fear or favour.”

The governor reiterated that activities of the Fulani Herdsmen was inimical to the revival of agriculture in the country saying, “one wonders how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal Government is not doing anything about it.”

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151 comments

  1. It is a welcum development.keep it up mr Governor

  2. Well done!!!

  3. Juha Musa AbdulHakim

    To God dis man is d most foolish Man on hearth

  4. That is the right thing, to avoid conflict.

  5. Bold and courageous right action

  6. This is the solutions. Thank you sir.

  7. Meaning what? Why not ban Cattle rearimg and sale as well and in no time Sheep, Lamb, Goats, Chickens etc could be included but, do please leave out Pigs and Dogs.

  8. Aboki comment makes me go hmmm!

  9. That is the way it’s done all over the word. Fayose is in order.

  10. GUD THINKING, ONLY PEOPLE LIKE FAYOSE CAN DELIVER THE SOUTH

  11. The right time is now, we must keep our hand cross and allow things to fall apart. Two men in Ekiti state died on timely, and the chief security can not fold his arm. Thank you Gov Ayo Fayose for your quick intervension on the issue.

  12. Habeen he’s protecting his state nd has d right to do so, he lv hs pple so much.

  13. I love this man somuch he s nt like abia state gov, fayose s a man he s honest n fearless unlike yoruba men pls don’t allow them, if u gve fulani space next na ur life go follow am

  14. Belo, ur religious sentiment will not allow u to say the truth. I know that.

  15. Not only own ranches, they must pay taxes to their host community and embark on some developmental project every year to make them subject to their host.

  16. Habeeb bello is ut painig u? U are a heartless aboki go to ur town i am sure u are one of thm

  17. Governor you are right on this including those rearing, dogs, goats, sheep’s and chickens in various domestic domain.

  18. Is any goat owner killing people for their goats to graze. When people have evil agenda in carrying out their activities, then they should be checked. If El Rufai can do what ever he likes at Kaduna state without regards to the constitution, why should Ayo Fayose care? what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.

  19. very brilant governor hw i wish dat our own south east governors ar behaving lik him.

  20. Thats better, these evil people want to hide under the pretense of grazing and start killing the poor n innocent people of Ekiti. Many thanks to the action Governor of Ekiti State

  21. Who authorise fulani from libya to go out with weapons? Gov Fayose has a point

  22. They have destroyed many farmlands including mine, thank God, we were not killed by them as they do unto some people…

  23. God bless you oshokomole what a courageous and action man.

  24. Bad leader, only known for been the first in every evils ! All what he wants is to cause another civil war in Nigeria to evade justice after the expirations of his regime,when there won’t be any immunity again! Nigerians should open their eyes and say NO to any forms of WAR again in our Nation ! the wicked Leaders don’t mind them because their hands are full of the bloods of inoccent people !

    • Ganiyu Ibraheem sentiment will kill all u northerners….. So a man trying to protect the lives of his citizens is now looking for war? Now tell me what we should call that which kadunna state governor did to christains in kadunna and you also tell me if there has no b war already in the zoo…. You didn’t even consider Bokoharam and fulani herdsmen at the mean people that hv caused war in the zoo already( if u dn’t know,know it now that there has been civil war since in this zoo so stop fooling urself to public okay……. Kudos to fayose

    • Ganiyu Ibraheem if ders any evil one here and wicked leader, it is buhari. I don’t know why all these northerners are just so full of shit! So the herdsmen shud keep on killin innocent souls bcuz of wat??

    • So protecting his people from being killed is calling for was? You have guts

    • It’s a pity dat u Ganiyu Ibrahim is a pure Yoruba man from Ilobu a little town near Ifon osun, if u were fayose, will u open ur two eyes and seen ur pple being killed by fulani cattle rearers and keep mute?

    • You people are getting me wrong, what I know is that the Fulani herdsmen has been in existence peacefully ever before now! why the sudden change in attitudes and characters? who are the underground drummers ? who are the suppliers of arms and ammunitions ? what are their motives? the Fulani herdsmen are not the original owners of those cattle, they are own by most of our big men and our leaders across Nigeria ethnicities and tribes! killings each other can’t solve the problems! we should be technically careful!

    • @Ganiyu wat mad him a bad leader?cos he refusedbhis people from being killed again right?in fact u re d most dumb human on earth.I guess animal dung is what u have right inside ur brain

    • both the killings and the precautions are politically motivated, everything will soon be revealed by God.

    • What will bring war here?

    • Why did buhari always look away whenever fulani kill innocent people that means buhari is a bad leader that is planning for war well ibi to ba le lanbomokunrin sha

    • God is not an agitator ! Nothing will happens to the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria as a sovereign Nation ! very sure and certain for this generation! the rustlers and the intruders among the herdsmen are currently facing the weight of the law ! Nothing like President Buhari’s knowledge about the Fulani herdsmen new sadistic and horrific / terrific behaviours,it’s very wrong and inhuman to Link Presidency with the Fulani’s palavers! absolutely disheartening! Nobody stops Fayose or any states Governors from rightful duties as number One citizen in their states, but the use of hatreds and inciting languages should be avoided ! Note that Yorubas and Igbos also scatters across the Nigerian states! political cautions must be applied ! Fulani herdsmen are now aware of the latest developments in Ekiti state,I believe they have two eyes and two ears! they should know that it’s time to call it a day !majority of the so call Fulani herdsmen are not Nigerians, they are foreigners, Original Fulani herdsmen are good neighbors ! only GOD knows why ? the presidency has big unbiased and non endemics timing and intensives security measures to settles the scores and put end to the barbaric unwanted and uncivilized new unfriendly and killing spirit in their bloods vessels ! I practically and totally against any injustice killings in Nigeria,no good democrat will approves that ! we shouldn’t be sentimental !

    • Hmmmm ! I am grateful to all ! we are all Nigerians ! whichever way Nothing is impossible with God ! it’s well o o!

    • El-rufai is a good leader abi ? Yeye fowl

    • Why did u make dis kind of comment. If this comment was a food it would have been poisonous. Killing southerners easterners and westerners by northern mauruder did not cause civil war, it is protection against them that will incite civil war.

    • This can only come from a cow.

    • Wot are u saying now, Are u for or against Fayose ? I dnt seem to understand you again o!

    • So you can write and read English and you’ve not come across the word “ranch”…..wasted education .

    • over to you! I am for whoever really loves peace in Nigeria! not the self-centered wolfs in human skin Leaders in our land ! No to infatuated and sentimental loves !

    • To deceive the deceivers is not deceit ! ride on but for now you people can’t achieved anything through violence and hatreds !

  25. Ebonyi State did the same, We are looking upto, Abia, Rivers Cross River, etc,

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  27. Cattle supply to Ekiti markets be ban too.

  28. Sir you are right. They can’t continue to be herds men without borders.

  29. I own my cassava farm land and preparing for fish farm expansion without killing people or infringing on rights. rare cattle, dogs, goats, rams on your own land. did govt provide land for petroleum tank farms or land for electricity generation and distribution companies? CATTLE GRAZING MY ASS.

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  31. Yes, Ayodele was right. but he shouldn’t have made his intention know publicly.he’s a yoruba man and should know how to keep knife in the stomach & continue searching for yam to eat.he should also remember that; there is right of movement from one place to the other in our constitution.

  32. BUHARI WANTS TO NORTHERNALIZE THE WHOLE SOUTH. IT IS NOT IN OUR TRADITION TO RARE CATLE,BUT BECAUSE THOSE INCENSITIVE YORUBAS AND IGBOS HAVE RIGGED HIM TO POWER,HE MUST LORD HIS KINSMEN HERDSMEN OVER US.

  33. MAY THE LORD HV MERCY ON US OOOOOOOOOO

  34. Of what use is the cattle if the one who is to eat it was kill by the cattle rearer? Pls let them return to their state, if i so wish to eat one i will place order, let stop this barbaric life of killing human being for cow instead of killing cows for men.

  35. the best decision ever.

  36. Yes there is freedom of movement in the constitution for humans, not animals.

  37. Momumental nd historic Fayose we ban u sir 4rm eating our delicacy the kpomo nd the rest of viserals long live my Governor nd we pray u make a plan for thehay days amen

  38. OGA FASH U AVE IT ON DS ONE CATTLE REARING IN PRIVATE ISSUE MR PRESIDENT LET DM STAY IN DRE HOME TOWN & RAISE D ANIMAL & IF DY NEED LAND IN ODA STATE LET DM ACQUIRE IT BY DM SELF & NOT BY LAW OR THE IJAW WILL BE GIVING LAND BY LAW 4 FISHERY IN ODA STATES

  39. Den let him banned his people 4rm eatng d caw meat nw. Nonsense. D north z enough 4 d fulani cattle rearers.

  40. Nobody will lord over anybody. We know how it all started. If you don’t know your way forward, you just have to return back to the Genesis. Simple, very simple.

  41. Fayose is the true soldier

  42. When I see some comments from these #almajeris it pains my heart that they value cow meat more than human life ….shame to devilish minds

  43. Fayose did not ban cattle o. In case you don’t understand. He want them to be confined in a place. By so doing there will not be conflict btw the natives of the land and the so called herdsmen.

  44. The right steps in right direction

  45. U tried hard, thanks u did well

  46. Let them dare bring cattle to #Akwa_Ibom….we are waiting for them…

    Then, they ll understand the true meaning of #CalabarSouth

  47. No problem. Is not a must for them to stay in Ekiti state. Cow Meat eaters will not get it easy to buy

  48. The best news I’ve read this year, I hope that efulefu governor of Enugu will learn something from this rather than tell his people to pray and fast.
    #SaynotoLibyanherdsmen
    #Enoughisenough

  49. Ganiyu Ibraheem, i so much like your submission. Anyone approved killing actually the person is not a human beings. I quite agree with you not all fulanis are blood shocking people. I am much pleased with the decision of Ekiti government if others could borrow leave. Let there be peace in Nigeria and are just saying Bukhari is one behind those killing, which i can say no President can allowed such unnecessary of killing of innocent citizens. Some of us said the President cannot do that became if it so he would not gain anything good. So let us keep praying to God in a patience matter to see the decisions of the government.

  50. The land is too small to have enough space for gracing. However much effort is put to preaching peace between farmers and herdsmen, there will always arise contention. And since the only method of ventilating ill feeling by the herdsmen is shedding human blood, the permanent way of achieving peace is making sure herdsmen cow and farmers’ crops never meet. Federal Government should support fayose on this and encourage other governors to do same, moreso that many believe that many of these herdsmen are not really Nigerian citizens.

  51. I you guys knows that cow meat is not good for the body. So those of you that are saying cow meat should not be supplied in Ekiti state that is a good idea. How l wish cow meat will disappear in the market then stocks fish will flood the market cheaply. Godbless you governor Fayose, you said the right thing to save your people and your land

  52. Your action is very good. Butstop insulting your president

  53. Federal Govt should as a matter of urgency instruct other governors to do exactly the same period

  54. How can farmers suffer and cultivate and the so called herdsmen will just damage the whole farm, nd if they talk, they are killed with ak47. Mtchweeee. By the way, who gives the guns to the cow rearers? Fayousa, pls secure ur state any how u like it. Other concern governors can also follow, if they are really concerned.

  55. Fulani shd go n rear cattle in their lown states.

  56. If PDP get two people like Fayose as an opposition we for experience rely democracy in this country, because is like only him that is crying in the wilderness of this present govt

  57. Ban cattle grazing but you cannot pay workers salaries what a shame to pdp and their supporters.

  58. They should have their own. Cattle rearing is a private business. I don’t see any reason we should give them that. If anyone wants to rear cattle let him use his farmland instead of destroying people’s crops, lives and properties in the name of rearing cattles.

  59. Fayaose hs a very gud point, cz dis fulanis ar BH brodas

  60. A man with divine mandate. He is one of the most patroitic nigerians. I wish he become president one day.

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