Listening to governor Fayose’s message to the people of Ekiti today, I was not too surprised by his violent preach – eye for eye; if you see Fulani herdsmen, kill them before they kill you was his message.
He has made promises to the people, to supply them with arms and vehicles to carry out jungle justice so the land can be rid of grazing.
In the north, we have another equally violent man, Alhaji Bello Ardo, former President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN) saying governor Fayose does not have a right to ban grazing in his state, claiming that there are grazing routes in all of Nigeria states and that Fulani are free to rear their animals anywhere they chose.
Now we have two supposed leaders who have absolutely nothing to lose if this threats of eye for eye materialised, my question is what are the Obas and the elders doing to intervene before it gets out of hand?
This case of Fulani herdsmen assuming they have the right to graze anywhere they wanted is not an isolated one, it is part of the bigger problem that Nigeria has been shying away from defining for a long time – land ownership.
Governor Fayose is a nuisance, now he has a perfect excuse to recruit youths to his cause. The only people I pity here are the farmers whose livelihood is at risk of ruin. I hope before long someone will speak sense to the people to hold their peace and find a better way to resolve grazing issues once and for all.
I don’t think PMB is going to perform a miracle to satisfy the entitled herdsmen, however, it is important that the government intervene before another conflict ensues.