The national president of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Mahmoud Kirowa has promised a peaceful co-existence between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Ogun State.
Kirowa urged the cattle breeders in the state to tread gently, warning that any of the herdsmen found causing trouble in Ogun State will be dealt with.
He spoke at a meeting of leaders of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), traditional rulers, and national and state leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and other stakeholders in Ogun State, where a fresh agreement was reached on how to end the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
The agreement is extended to Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Ogun State Vigilance Service for enforcement.
Speaking at the occasion, the state chairman of AFAN, Mr Segun Dasaolu expressed concern over attacks between Fulani herdsmen and the farmers, saying it could lead to food insecurity in Nigeria if it is not curtailed.
He explained that the meeting was convened to address the perennial problems of attacks by some herdsmen on farmers in parts of the state, and to reaffirm the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they signed last October.
The MOU, according to him, states that any Fulani herdsman seeking to graze in Ogun State should identify himself, obtain a form and signify the period he intends to stay, should not be armed, and there should be no grazing at night.
He added that anybody who goes against these would be handed over to security officials.