No Land For Cattle Colony In Ekiti - Fayose
Ekiti State is not smiling when it comes to the issue of arms-carrying herdsmen and their evil attacks.
The governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, knows that Nigerians need milk from cow, but he is insisting that anyone who wants to go into cattle rearing as a business should get needed tools.
He believes ranches are some of those tools.
On Sunday, the governor reiterated his stance on herdsmen movement around the state which he had out-rightly banned.
The Benue killings have whipped up the need for the governor to reinforce his earlier decision and he stated that some days ago, empowering hunters in Ekiti State.
“On the herdsmen's menace, I met with local hunters in Ekiti State and charged them to protect the people since I won't run to anyone in Abuja for help that is not available.
“They must not take laws into their hands, but they should defend Ekiti and its people," he said just as he released numbers to call when herdsmen are sighted in the state.
On Sunday, however, in an attempt to set the record straight, the governor said: “I don't have anything against the Fulanis and the herdsmen among them. But let me state it expressly that Ekiti will not surrender its land for cattle colony.
“Cattle farming is a business and it is the duty of business owners to get tools. Does govt build ponds for fish farmers?
“With ranching, cattle farmers will make more money, especially from milk and those who will cultivate grass to sell to cattle farmers will also make money.
“Those countries where we import milk do not get the milk through nomadic cows”.
Since the law banning herders from moving about with their cattle was established in Ekiti, there has been no report of attack on farmers in the state.