Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has urged herdsmen and farmer to always respect the sanctity of life and stop killing one another as a way to resolve their differences.
He asked them to cultivate the culture of reporting their grievances to security agencies for appropriate actions, rather than taking laws into their hands.
The governor spoke during a meeting with representatives of Hausa/Fulani and traditional rulers from Akokoland at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office in Akure, the state capital.
While stressing that no life or tribe is superior to the other, Governor Akeredolu recalled that Yoruba and Fulani had been living peacefully as one in Ondo State for over 200 years.
He therefore condemned recurring attacks on farmers and kidnapping linked with suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ondo State.
The governor said: “Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani are one; they are not superior to one another. So, let us respect the sanctity of life. Report to the police if you are aggrieved and let the security agencies arrest suspects for interrogation and prosecution”.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, however, assured Fulani herdsmen and farmers that, with the involvement of the police, adequate compensation would be paid by anyone who destroyed another man’s property be it cattle or farms.
The governor also asked the Fulani herdsmen to cooperate with the police to fish out the kidnappers among them.
This was just as some traditional rulers at the meeting, especially the Alauga of Auga Akoko, Oba Samuel Kehinde Agunloye, and the Oluyani of Iyani, Oba Joel Sunday Daudu, shared what they described as their harrowing experience in the hands of Fulani kidnappers.
Other traditional rulers from Akokoland at the meeting were the Ondo State Chairman of Council of Obas and Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Momoh; Olubaka of Oka, Oba Y. A Adeleye; Onikun of Ikun, Oba Michael Olokunbola Adedoyin; Gbiri of Epimin, Oba Oyekan George; Akala of Ikaram, Oba A.O Momodu and Olubaramu of Ibaramu, Oba R.O Atibioke.
On their part, the Hausa/Fulani, led by Sarkin Hausa Ikare, Alhaji Halidu Muhammed, and Alhaji Taufiyo Fulani, urged robust and peaceful understanding among their host communities.
They, however, promised to abide by the rules and culture of their host communities.