The Government of Ekiti State has described the recent truce reached between the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Ekiti chapter, as a welcome development.
The truce was reached during a meeting facilitated by the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo at the instance of the Inspector General of Police. The Government also commended the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force in fostering peace in the state by facilitating the meeting between the farmers’ association and the pastoralists which birthed the truce, as it would go a long way in curtailing the perennial crisis between the two groups.
The Dr. Fayemi administration also commended the leaders of the groups, Mr. Enoch Alagbada of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Alhaji Adamu Abache of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Ekiti state chapter, for their cooperation, and urged them to encourage their members to embrace peaceful co-existence, so that it is easier to identify and apprehend criminal elements amongst them.
Following the treaty, the Government will continue to provide the enabling environment through the Agricultural and Rural Development masterplan and the National Livestock Transformation Plan, to support farmers and pastoralists. The government also remains committed to implementing the provisions of the Ekiti State Grazing Regulation Law, 2016, and working with all stakeholders to secure lives and property in the state.
Hon. Akin Omole
Ministry of Information and Values Orientation