The Agbekoya Farmer’s Society has issued a stern warning to the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for opposing a ban on Open Grazing in the South-West region.
President-general of the Farmers association, Kamorudeen Okikiola, in a recent statement, warned that if they are ‘pushed to the wall’ they won’t hesitate to ‘fight back’.
It will be recalled that Miyetti Allah expressed displeasure at the ban stating that it was more or less an ‘eviction notice’. Mr. Alhassan Saleh, the secretary-general of Miyetti Allah added that the ban was a move to frustrate the livelihood of herdsmen in the region.
Okikiola said; “Can a Southerner or a Yoruba man living in the North refuse to obey the Sharia law or any other law of the Northern states?
“Yoruba people have been very accommodating, but if we are pushed to the wall, we are going to fight back.
“How can a group of people, under a business name or an association, come out openly to say that they cannot obey the law of the state where they are operating their business, even if the law affects their business?
“We call on the South-West governors to put everything in place to make sure the open grazing law is effectively obeyed to avoid and put to end clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the Southwest.”
He reiterated that the effective solution to the problems of clashes between farmers and herdsmen was to stop open grazing.
“The days of open grazing are gone, and anyone that is interested in rearing cattle should establish a cattle ranch. We are warning the members of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore to be ready to obey the open grazing law in South-West or face the wrath of the law or other consequences,” he said.