Zubairu Ibrahim, a Fulani leader and Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has warned herders grazing in Ondo forest reserves to vacate the area for their safety.
Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, had issued an eviction notice to herdsmen to leave the forest reserves, over increasing cases killings and kidnappings in the state alleged to have been perpetrated by the Fulanis.
More than 30 herders and 5,000 cows were said to have been ejected from the area recently by operatives of the Amotekun corps in the state.
Ibrahim also disclosed that herdsmen from South-west, South-east and other parts of the country have indicated interests to relocate to Kano RUGA settlement.
The MACBAN secretary noted that the herdsmen are from Nasarawa, Niger, Enugu, Oyo, among others.
He further stated that herdsmen from five states have already relocated to Kano.
“We have some Fulnai herdsmen from Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Jigawa who are now in Kano,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying by Vanguard.
“The governor has invited anyone willing to stay in the RUGA settlement to come. If they come and they are good people, nothing will stop us from receiving them.
“All they need to do is to follow the rules and regulations of government. They should go for grazing in the afternoon and not at night. Nothing can stop them from coming if they are interested.
“Since the governor of Ondo State has gone to the media to say that they (herdsmen) should vacate the area, instead of staying there they should leave. They should leave so that something bad does not happen to them and their property. They should just vacate the area for their safety.”
Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, recently said it is no longer acceptable for herdsmen to move their animals from the north to the south on foot, calling on the Federal Government to enact a law to ban such activity.
Ganduje explained that it will end the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.