The Emir of Kano and Patron, Board of Trustee of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi wants Herdsmen to respect Anti-Grazing laws of their host communities and shun destructive tendencies that can brew ethnic crisis in the country.
Alhaji Sanusi made the call at a Stakeholders’ Peace Initiative Forum, organized by the Ekiti State Government in Ado Ekiti.
The Emir said, in as much as the Anti Grazing law did not forbid herdsmen from grazing, but only prohibits grazing at night and around people’s farms, there was the need for them to obey the order of government in their host communities.
Represented by the Former Kano State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, the Emir who expressed displeasure over various clashes and killings by suspected herdsmen in some parts of the country, stressed the need for harmonious relationship among Nigerians.
Also speaking, the National President of the MIYETTI Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammadu Kiruwa commended the Peace Parley Initiative, pledged to continue to sensitize and caution his members against clashes and destruction of farm lands.
He said he was in total support of Ekiti State Anti-grazing law as it was solely aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence among herdsmen, farmers and the communities.
In his remarks, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who identified distrust among the various tribes in the country as the major cause of communal clashes, called for attitudinal change.
Governor Fayose said he was waiting for herdsmen who were still carrying guns in the state to surrender such to the government, adding that he would continue to put up measures that would promote peaceful coexistence and safety of residents.
The meeting was well attended by both past and present political office holders, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers, local hunters, and members of the vigilantes as well as representatives of all tribes living in Ekiti.