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Pan-Yoruba group, OPC, gives Fayose thumbs up for anti-grazing law

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The anti-grazing bill signed into law by Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has received the blessings of the pan-Yoruba group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).

According to the national coordinator of the OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, it is a step in the right direction at curbing the menace of herdsmen in the state in particular, and the south west region of the country.

Adams in a statement on Tuesday said that “Going by the wicked records of Fulani herdsmen who have turned the clean and clear rivers of their host communities in the southwest area of the country into rivers that flow with human blood, the action of Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose and the state House of Assembly to pass the anti-grazing bill in the state is highly commendable.”

He said that the bill, which prevents herdsmen from carrying weapons, is indeed a good step in the right direction and should be applauded by all right-thinking people across the country.

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“It is no longer news that the herdsmen have been acting with impunity in communities across the southwest. 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, the OPC leader noted.

Adams further said that Ekiti State has set the pace and showed 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, 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”, he said.

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