Afenifere backs Fayose, promises showdown with herdsmen

A Pan Yoruba cultural group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has endorsed the enforcement of Ekiti State Anti-Grazing Law.

The group warned the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) over its threat against the people of Ekiti State.

The group made their stance known through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo.

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, had last week constituted anti-grazing law enforcement marshals.

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After the inauguration, spokesman of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, said the enforcement of Ekiti State’s Anti-grazing Law could “Develop into unquenchable inferno…capable of creating uncontrollable scenarios whose ramification might go well beyond Ekiti State.”

Afenifere responded saying that the threat against “The people of Ekiti State that accommodate your business interest is terrorism.”

“MACBAN has so far shunned this democratic approach and preferred to use intimidation and warring tactics.

“But the right of Governors, as the chief security officers of their respective states, to make laws consistent with the culture and rights of their people cannot be wished away by intimidation or threat.

“Recall that in 2013, Kano State government created the Hisbah Police which reportedly destroyed more than 20,000 crates of beer bottle.

“The Hisbah Police destroyed crates of beer bottles because Sharia Law outlaws selling of beer and other alcoholic drinks.

“Despite the freedom of trade guaranteed by the Constitution, what mattered then was that Kano “does not want beer within its jurisdiction.

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“Aside from this, Kano hypocritically shared from the VAT generated from sales of alcohol in other states.

“Why should governors of northern states have the freewill to protect their people and religious disposition?

“Why shouldn’t their southern counterparts do same? Why must they be subjected to intimidation?

“Nigeria is not a slave camp of any ethnic nationality.

“MACBAN’s statement is therefore considered an assault on Yoruba people and will be treated as a terror threat until an apology is tendered.”