Fulanis in Ilorin have pleaded with governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state to lift the ban on open grazing to save the cattle business of their members across the state.
The National mirror reports that Alhaji Mahmood Ahmadu, the Seriki of the Fulani from Ilorin, cleared his members of being involved in the attack launched by suspected herdsmen on Oke Ako in Ekiti killing two people last Friday.
The governor on Monday, during his visit to the affected area, announced the ban on open grazing, advising farmers interested in cattle rearing to have their private ranches.
Ahmadu, said those members who had their residences and property in Oke Ako, Irele and Ipao Ekiti had left them as a result of the governor’s order that any cattle seen around the area will be killed.
He also said that they had over three million cattles across the 16 council areas of the state, thus the restriction would bring their businesses to a halt.
“Ilorin Fulani herdsmen are not killers, we are responsible citizens. I have been in Ado Ekiti for 40 years. My people had property in different locations and are now living in palpable fear.”
Fayose described the act of the Fulani Herdsmen as damaging to the revival of agriculture in the country.