Farmers and Fulani/Bororo herdsmen in Osun State have been charged to give peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness a chance so that the state can move forward.
Chairman of the committee on peaceful coexistence among cattle herdsmen and farmers in the state, Mudashiru Toogun, made the call during a peace meeting between farmers and cattle herdsmen at Esa-Oke and Olupona in Obokun and Ayedire Local Government areas respectively.
He advised that farmers and cattle herdsmen are supposed to see themselves as partners in progress, stressing that they need each other to be able to succeed in their various endeavours.
Toogun argued that it is only in a peaceful environment that government can unveil the good plans that it has in place for the people of the state.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of Ayedire Local Government, Mr Olulere Amobi, sued for peace among the farmers and cattle herdsmen, while urging them to see themselves as neighbours.
Speaking, the Seriki Fulani in the State of Osun, Alhaji Oluwatoyin Sulaiman, expressed delight on the steps being taken by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to ensure that there is peace in the state.
He assured the government of the state of continued peace among farmers and cattle herdsmen in the state as adequate steps would be taken to ensure that cattle are not used to graze cultivated farmlands indiscriminately anymore.
Other members of the committee on harmonious relationship who spoke at the meeting were Chief Adewoyin Adetoyese, Dr Nimota Raji, the Director of Livestock, Mr Johnson Ajayi, and the Director of Agric Services, Mr Kola Ajisekola, who all called for peace among farmers and cattle herdsmen.
At the end of the two sessions, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on peaceful coexistence was signed between farmers and Fulani/Bororo herdsmen at Earthly Produce Limited in Olupona.
The MoU stressed the fact that both goats, sheep, cattle and other livestock animals must no longer graze cultivated farmlands.
Others present at the meeting were agric officers, farmers, as well as Fulani/Bororo herdsmen.