Farmers in Ogun state and the national executives of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association have reached a peaceful agreement on how to operate effectively and peacefully in the state.
The meeting which was held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, had the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Muhammad Kirowa, the Chairman of the South West Farmers forum, Segun Dasaolu, representatives of the state government and security agents in attendance.
At the end of the peace parley which lasted for over four hours, members and leaders of the two sides agreed that there is no alternative to peace and harmonious relationship between the cattle breeders and their host communities in the state.
“In Ogun State as much as possible, we want to use all humanly possible means to make sure that peace reigns supreme and that is why the national president of the Miyetti Allah is here.
“The state cannot do without the Fulani, we must live together, but we must live together without disturbing each other” chairman of the southwest farmers’ forum said.
As a further step towards ensuring the much needed peace, the Ogun State Government represented by a director in the state Ministry of Agriculture, announced some of the measures being put in place by the government.
“The state governor has directed that security agencies should always and continuously investigate and prosecute the criminal aspect of the cattle menace issue.
“Currently I want to say in good authority that in a bid to solve the challenge, the governor has approved the renovation of disease control post, and five additional quarantine stations at every entry points into the state,” the director said.
Speaking with journalist at the end of the meeting, the committee’s president promised the determination of the association towards promoting peace among its members and their host communities.
“Because of the peace in Nigeria, we do not want any problem in any part of the country. Everybody has a role to play in this direction, as Miyetti Allah national leaders, we do not want any problem with Yoruba because we have been together all along and we will not allow any criminality to divide us.
“We have come to dialogue with the farmers, security agencies and government to avoid the perennial crises that do occur.”
In recent times the relationship between cattle breeders and their host communities has been characterised by hostilities which has resulted in many deaths, while property worth millions of Naira have been lost in the same manner. (Channels TV)
•Photo shows Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.