Some farmers in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State have appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill as it not against the herdsmen or farmers.
The President, Igangan Agro Park Investment Association, Mr. Oluwafemi Abioye, will appealing to the governor in an interview in Ibadan on Tuesday, stated that the law had already being passed by the House of Assembly into law.
He added that the bill, Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation, was passed by the lawmakers in October 2019 noting that more than a year after the bill passage, Makinde had yet to sign it into law.
Abioye lamented the killing of a farmer, Dr. Fatai Aborode, was the latest death suffered by the farmers in the area, adding that his life had also been threatened by the herdsmen.
Contrary to the police’s statemen that Aborode, who contested the 2015 House of Representatives election on the platform of the Accord Party, was killed by armed robbers, he insisted that the herdsmen killed the farmer.
Abioye further disclosed that Aborode had constant corrosion with the herdsmen for a long time.
He said, “We are appealing to the governor to ensure that the anti-open grazing bill is signed into law. The law is not discriminatory in any way. It is not against the herdsmen or farmers. It dictates how each person will carry out their agricultural businesses in the right way.”