Says my only Son Married from Fulani Family
From: AgroNature Admin
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has dispelled public notions that Fulanis are largely criminals even as he moved to end tension among the group and farmers.
Ajimobi, who disclosed this during a meeting with farmers, herders and security agencies, among other stakeholders in Ibadan, Monday said his only son married from Fulani family.
The meeting which involved chairman of prominent farmers association in the state, Agbekoya, Alhaji Azeez Akekaka and State Chapter Chairman of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) led by Alhaji Yaqub Bello was aimed to end the persistent farmers herders clashes.
The former Senator promised to strengthen the security agencies in the state with vehicles for surveillance at night and to monitor the cattle rustlers who pretend to be herders.
Ajimobi said “The flagship of our administration’s programmes and successes has been the maintenance of peace and security and we will not allow anybody to truncate this. Fulani people are good people; if not I will not allow my only son to marry a Fulani lady. We must separate criminals from the good people.
“Why will a herdsman be carrying gun? Henceforth, any herdsman found with guns should be arrested and prosecuted. Owners of cattle found grazing on farmlands and destroying crops should also be arrested and prosecuted, Any farmer that poison cattle should also be arrested and prosecuted.
“But, we must realise that some of these herdsmen come all the way from Niger Republic and Chad for grazing. Not all of these herdsmen are Nigerians.
“The people have their roles, while the government also have a role to play in finding lasting solutions to the menace. We must all participate in the security of our communities. Yes, it is the responsibility of government to guarantee the safety and security of the citizens, but we cannot do it alone.
“We must learn to live together in peace. A special surveillance unit will be created under the Operation Burst to curtail the excesses of those concerned and they will be adequately equipped and given necessary logistics”.
In his remarks, Bello restated argument of the governor that the Fulani are not criminals as people believes.
He lauded the Governor for his efforts to ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state especially among farmers and the herdsmen.
Akekaka emphasised on roles of the state government to securing lives and properties and by extension ending the incessant attacks between the farmers and herdsmen.