Sarkin Fulani of Abeokuta, Muhammad Kabir Labar, revealed that in a recent crisis in the state of Ogun, 23 cattle breeders were killed and about 20 houses burned.
He spoke at a stakeholder meeting about clashes between farmers and ranchers in the state on Tuesday.
A recent conflict between Fulani herders and farmers in troubled areas of Yuland has claimed lives in Eggui, Ketu, Igbooro, Iselu, Agbon-Oyodu, Asi, Ibeku, Imek and Oya-Odan.
According to Lamar, some elements were inclined to “set our people against each other by whipping up ethnic sentiments.”
Labar blamed “strangers” for the guilt, who, as he said, disturbed the peaceful coexistence that the state enjoyed over the years.
Among those present were Governor Dapo Abiodun, the governor of the state, and Rotimi Akeredolu, his counterpart from the state of Ondo.
The others were the governor of the state of Zamfara Bello Matawale, the governor of the state of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu and the governor of the state of Niger, Abubakar Sanni Bello.
Meanwhile, the national president of the Miyetti Allah Livestock Breeders Association, Muhammad Kirowa, said the ranchers are not harassers, but victims of attacks.
He said over 8,000 cattle were consumed daily in the southwest.
“Our people have suffered more at the hands of criminals in Nigeria. But we are portrayed as criminals. Livestock breeders deserve sympathy. They are not criminals, “he said.
For his part, Olu Ilara and the supreme ruler of Jeweland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, warned the cattle breeders and their association of incendiary remarks.