Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko has called on the Federal Government to urgently collaborate with state governments to establish modern mega cattle ranches for herdsmen in the country.
Mimiko made the call during a courtesy visit by the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to the governor in Akure.
The visit was part of the effort by the Sultan of Sokoto to broker peace between herdsmen and their host communities across the country.
The association was led by its national president, Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa Zuru.
Speaking on behalf of the president of the association, the General Secretary, Alhaji Baba Othma Ngelzarma, said the meeting became necessary to promote peaceful co-existence and national unity across all divides and particularly to sympathise with Chief Olu Falae over his abduction, allegedly perpetrated by some criminals with the nomadic community.
The president, who said the association condemned criminality irrespective of who committed it, solicited government’s support for the restoration of all grazing reserves, cattle routes and provision of social amenities, among others, within the reserve for proper and modern system of animal husbandry.
He called on Yorubas to help build a solid bridge of brotherhood between the Fulani and the people of the South-West.
“We are specially calling on the good people of Ondo State and the Yoruba nation to help build a strong bridge of friendship between the Fulani and the people of South-West to collectively build on issues that unite us as people of one united country and constitution.
“We are assuring Governor Mimiko of our desire to partner with his administration and the good people of Ondo State in confronting the menace of some misguided miscreants among us,” he said.
He also assured of the state chapter of the association’s willingness to partner Ondo State government in promoting peace and development.
Responding, Governor Mimiko, who commended the Sultan of Sokoto for the peace sensitisation for the promotion of unity, urged the federal government in collaboration with the northern governors to build modern cattle ranches for the herdsmen.