Farmers in the State of Osun have been advised to desist from illegal harbouring of Fulani/Bororo cattle rearers in their community so as to guide against farmland destruction commonly caused by cattle grazing on cultivated farmlands in the State of Osun
The Committee Chairman on peaceful coexistence between Fulani/Bororo and Farmers in the State of Osun, Hon Mudasiru Oguntola Toogun gave this advice while addressing the people of Ajenisuwa Village, Oke Osun, Osogbo during an on-the-spot assessment of a Cassava and Plantain farm that was destroyed by cattle grazing in the area.
Hon Toogun who went in company of some officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), with the aim to apprehend the perpetrators of the painful act, described farming activities as difficult task that requires energy and time. He noted that it would be painful for farmers to lose such an energy and time to cows that move freely and graze around cultivated farm lands.
He further disclosed that such a painful development could not be possible without the support and cooperation of the saboteurs among the farmers that harbour herdsmen illegally in the area.
He stressed that, the Government of the State of Osun led by Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is not against Fulani/Bororo staying in any part of the State but they must be ready to adhere to rules and regulations to forestall peace.
He therefore directed the people of Ajenisuwa Community to fish out the illegal Fulani/Bororo herdsmen in the area and their accomplices to avoid further damage on farm crops.
Hon Toogun who was amazed when he saw over seven thousand cows grazing within the farm settlement area during the visit, recounted the past experience to the people of the area that Bororo people are always armed and aggressive to attack at any time.
He also implored farmers not to argue or fight with any cattle rearer that may offend them but rather report their unwholesome activities to Fulani/Bororo Committee or Law enforcement agents.
Also speaking, Baale Ajenisuwa Village, Prince Musibau Oyedele and Seriki Fulani in the State of Osun, Alhaji Sulaiman Oluwatoyin both appreciated the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola’s peace moves and promised their unalloyed cooperation and support to make Osun the most peaceful State in the Country.