Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose seems to have struck a deal with Fulani herdsmen.

The herders have taken oath to ensure peaceful coexistence with host communities in the state and by extension, the South-West geopolitical zone.

They also agreed that they would no longer behave unruly, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms.

The traditional oath, revealed to be an effective cultural sanction on herders is believed to bring tragedy on those who breach its terms and conditions.

It was an oath administered by Ardo Mairero, the Sarkin Fulani of Kwara State after a peace meeting convened by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

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The meeting was attended by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Muhammadu Kiruwa, heads of security and law enforcement agencies, hunters, members of MACBAN, farmers, vigilantes and grazing enforcement marshals.

Emir Sanusi was represented by a former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, at the meeting also attended by members of the state cabinet.

According to Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the traditional oath was taken with kolanuts as an agreement that the herdsmen in Ekiti would adhere to the rule of law.


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