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Anti-open grazing law is not to witchhunt- Osun government

Osun State government says the signing of the anti-open grazing bill into law by southern governors is not to witch-hunt the Fulanis especially the herders across the states. 

The Special Adviser to Osun State Governor on Civic Engagement, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye who made the clarification during stakeholders meeting with Fulani herders in Osogbo, said enactment of the law banning open grazing was to secure everybody in the state. 

The Government representative explained that the Law would make it easy to identify intruding herders who invade farms.

“It would also guide the existing committee on Peaceful Coexistence between Fulani/Bororo and Crop Farmers,”

“And direct attention to promoting the business and welfare of herders in the state.” Oyintiloye explained

Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adedayo Adewole, announced that Osun government had a ranch in the Oloba area where it would be training herders on modern methods of rearing cows and other animals.

that would increase yield and eliminate the wandering that often threaten security.

He called on them to corporate with the government on the new law banning open grazing. 

Secretary of the Cattle breeders, Mr Oluwatoyin Yusuf and the state Seriki, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde, said, they had been living in panic since the law was signed as a result of the threat by some people. 

They expressed confidence that the government was only concerned about peace in the state as the law seeks to maintain the already existing good relationship among the various groups. 

Reporting by Adenitan Akinola; Editing by Tina Oyinsan