Oluwo of Iwoland, Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has justified his position on ranching, saying Nigerians should see the nation’s properties as collective assets.
He noted the notion will promote unity as against the ethnic clashes reported daily on the pages of newspapers.
Oba Akanbi disclosed there was no time in history he condemn any anti grazing agitators. He stated that his argument was on the need to see Nigeria and her soil as one to decimate the frequent Fulani herdsmen versus farmers killings.
It could be recalled there were viral reports that Oluwo faulted Afenifere and Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) for standing against ranching. In the said report, Oba Akanbi was quoted “Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has faulted the Afenifere group and the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) on their rejection to the creation of cattle ranches for herdsmen in the southwest as proposed by the federal government.
“Akanbi said the position of the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation will generate rancour and disunity throughout country”.
Oluwo, who was quoted out of context pointed the position of Afenifere is expected, sensing the huge loss the clashes has invited, appealing to every concerned Nigerians, authorities and stakeholders to breath air of unity.
As contained in a disclaim statement by Oluwo’s press secretary, Mr Alli Ibraheem, notes “There was never a time in history Oluwo fault any anti grazing agitators. His position was for one Nigeria as a first class paramount ruler and a father to the nation. Oluwo only called the attention of every Nigerians to the side of unity, to see ourselves and soil as one. Nigeria belongs to every Nigerians.
The word Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba and Ibo are discriminatory. All should be fused as Nigerian for peace and unity to survive.
“If we claim a land belong to a section, are we saying Aliko Dangote should relocate his businesses to the North? Are we saying the westerners in the north should relocate their business because Kano is not their land? No. We need a change of direction. If not now, when will it be?”
Professing solution to the incessant fulani-farmers clashes, Oluwo said there is unpreparedness of the federal government agitation for ranching, noting that most herdsmen are ignorance of the method and application of ranching.
He tasked the government to launch an aggressive training on ranching before making any request or promulgation on the system.
“Ranching is modern practice of cattle rearing as applicable in advanced nations. Nigeria is also developing. We need meat and food from our farms. It is a symbiotic relationship. To avert this menace, Nigerians should be one irrespective of location attachment.”
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