The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, has said the Ekiti State anti-grazing bill signed into law by Governor Ayo Fayose on Monday is a step in the right direction.
Adams made his position known in a statement on Tuesday.
He said going by the activities of Fulani herdsmen who had turned the clean and clear rivers of their host communities in the South-west area of the country into rivers that flow with human blood, the action of Fayose and the state House of Assembly to pass the anti-grazing bill in the state was highly commendable.
He said the law, which prevents herdsmen from carrying weapons, is indeed a step in the right direction and should be applauded by all right-thinking people across the country.
Adams said: “It is no longer news that the herdsmen have been acting with impunity in communities across the South-west. They have killed, robbed and raped hapless citizens without any action taken against them by the security agencies. This seeming sense of insecurity and helplessness by the people is a dangerous trend that portends danger for the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.“These days, not a day passes without a fresh news about the dastardly activities of these men breaking. From the killing in Enugu, to Kaduna and other parts of the country, it is the same sad story every day.“Ekiti State has set the pace and showed us how to stop the senseless killings. I want to implore other state governors, especially in the southwest, to follow this laudable example and pass similar law that will restrict these herdsmen from their wicked and evil actions.“We all must remember that cattle business is a private business with private interest.“Therefore, it should not be made to look to enjoy any special favour by the government. The carrying and use of automatic weapons by herdsmen should be outlawed and Ekiti State has shown the way.”