Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has insisted that there is no land for grazing in the state, noting that power to assign land belongs to the governor.
Fayose who spoke during the May edition of ‘Meet Your Governor’ his monthly media chat, said the rampaging Fulani herdsmen who have been terrorizing communities in parts of the country would meet their waterloo in Ekiti if they dare attack anyone.
He said: “If you bring your cow to come and eat up my farmland, I will put Gammalin 20 inside the water that they will drink from. That is what I will do to those destroying our communities and raping our wives,” he said.
“I heard that 83 cows have been killed since I made the statement. If you come to Afao and eat up my palm tree, we have set traps for grass cutters and rodents and the trap will catch them.
“There is no land for grazing in Ekiti state. Power to assign land belongs to the governor. Tell them that there is no land for grazing here because it is my right to sign the certificate of occupancy.”
Fayose was apparently reacting to the National Grazing Bill which has purportedly scaled through second reading in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure, Senator representing Niger South Senatorial District. If passed and signed into law, “the bill seeks to provide for the establishment of national grazing reserves and stock routes. The Bill proposes to establish a National Grazing Reserve Commission (NGRC) for the country.
“The NGRC will be charged with the responsibility of using funds received from the Federal Government to forcefully acquire farmlands from Nigerians in all the 36 states of the country, develop same at government expense through the provision of bore holes, water reservoirs, etc; for the exclusive use of nomadic cattle rearers.”