Herdsmen’s registration: Fulani leadership seeks govt approval


… as lawyer advocates recourse to colonial law on animals

By Ola Ajayi

Ibadan—The leader of Fulani herdsmen in the South-West, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, has said he is awaiting the approval of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State for the registration of his men.

Maiyasin, who said all herdsmen in the zone would soon be registered to make monitoring them easy, told Vanguard in a telephone interview that until the state government gives him ‘go ahead’, he cannot do anything about his kinsmen in the state.

Reacting to the said registration, a lawyer, Mr. Adeola Fehintola, who is resident in Ibadan, said: “Although the move will identify the herdsmen, it may not address the real problem.

“Unless there is re-enactment of a colonial law, which regulates how domestic animals should be kept, the encroachment of their cattle on our farmlands may still continue.

“So many farmers have come to me complaining of how herdsmen’s cattle destroy their farmlands. If you tell the farmers to report at the police station, they will tell you nothing would come out of it.

“If you advise them to go to court, they will complain that their time will be wasted. So they choose to suffer in silence.”

The Fulani leader, however, assured residents in the zone of cooperation to stem the tide of reported violence by his men.

It will be recalled that the Fulani leader advised leaders in the country to exercise caution in their comments, adding that such could fan ember of disunity and should be avoided.

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