The pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has faulted the announcement by federal government to establish undefined Integrated Farm Estates in all the 109 senatorial districts of the country.
The group said the president’s statement, “is another veiled strategy of acquiring land in furtherance of settlement of herdsmen across Nigeria.”
Afenifere noted that the state governments and concerned citizens, ”should be wary of the proverbial Greek gifts of fatal Trojan horses being dangled before them by this government which days are already being counted.”
Speaking through its Secretary-General, Chief Sola Ebiseni, in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday Afenifere said the proposal, ‘is more dangerous than Cattle Colony, RUGA or Grazing Reserves, which the people have seen through and out rightly rejected.”
According to the group, “Nigerians are in no way deceived that the urgency purportedly attached to the programme by President Buhari is of equal proportional zeal with the creation of settled villages for Fulani herdsmen, from everywhere and nowhere, on the ancestral lands of other nationalities, which in the fullness of time would become colonies of tyranny as they are in Southern Kaduna, on the Plateau and many other parts of the Middle Belt.”
Afenifere said, the purported Integrated Farm Estates are designed to accommodate all forms of agricultural practices, including animal husbandry, which will effectively earmark a portion of the acquired vast land as effective grazing reserves without saying so.
His words: “It is instructive that the contents of the Integrated Farm Estates, which the federal government still kept to its chest were arrogantly exposed by the leadership of Miyetti Allah, during its comic show yesterday, of appointing a peace ambassador to rebrand its killer herdsmen members.
“Like the federal government, Miyetti Allah insisted on the federal government creating grazing reserves in all the senatorial districts, which they threatened was the only panacea for peace.’’