Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has vowed to stay true to his commitment to keeping the anti-grazing bill in the state.
According to the governor, he is firm and resolute in his stance on anti-grazing to protect the lives of the inhabitants of the state. He noted that since the anti-grazing bill was passed, it has met some opposition but they are bent on enforcing it.
He explained that the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the state are also willing to come on board with the administration and honor the open grazing ban.
Akeredolu made the remarks as he received the Pastorate of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry led by the State Overseer, Pastor Jacob Asubiojo.
He said: “I want to urge you to intensify your prayers for us. We need it. You have referred to our efforts in trying to secure this our homeland. We have made efforts, we established Amotekun and banned open grazings.
“It is not what is pleasing to everybody. Some people are not pleased with us. We are ready to stand by it and face whatever it will cost us. Pray for us. Amotekun and the anti-open grazing law are not pleasing to some people and they are gathering together, planning evil. Pray for us. Their evil will not work.
“What we are saying is that your herds can not keep destroying our crops. The FAO has come and we have discussed it. The Meyetti-Allah here in Ondo appears to want to cooperate with us because they know that when their cows destroy crops, we seize their cows and they pay the farmers before they are released.
“The FAO will train them on how to do feedlot. They will be trained to make feed and take it to the cows. We are not discriminating against anybody. We just want to make it clear that you can’t make your own ends meet and destroy other people’s source of livelihood. We know your prayers are very important to us. We need it.”