By Yemi Bakare,
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has faulted the argument and propositions that government must provide land to cattle farmers and herdsmen in the country through setting up a cattle colony as a way of preventing the violence and killings recorded in parts of the country asking whether government builds ponds for fisher farmers.
The governor stated this in a tweet he posted Sunday night hours after members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Abuja asked the government to create a special federal ministry of livestock development to attend to the multi-dimensional needs of herdsmen and cattle farmers in the country.
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At the press conference, Miyetti Allah had also suggested that a national law that would cater for the peculiar needs of pastoralists in particular and the livestock sub-sector in general since the mischievous anti-open grazing laws promulgated by some states have woefully failed to address the contentious issues, be enacted in the country.
However, Fayose said while he has nothing against Fulanis and the herdsmen among them, the suggestion simply has no reasonable justification.
“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 government build ponds for fish farmers?” Governor Fayose said.