Cattle Colony Is Modern Slavery, Says Ajimobi, Alaafin
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has advised the Federal Government against the planned establishment of cattle colonies across the country, describing the move as modern slavery.
The Governor made his position known on establishment of cattle colonies when the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi led some prominent traditional rulers to the Government House in Ibadan.
“Cattle colony is tantamount to modern slavery, because colony is synonymous with colonisation. We cannot have that in Oyo State. It is a pointer to the fact that federalism is not working in Nigeria.
“If poultry farmers or owners of piggeries, among others, are not being offered colonies for their own livestock, why should herdsmen be a survival category,” he said.
The Alaafin of Oyo who shared similar view with the governor on the establishment of cattle colony, also said that the idea was ill-advised and that it is unacceptable to the people of Oyo kingdom.
“Our position is to support controlled ranching, under which we will provide land and other basic modern facilities for good cattle business as well as breeding. Those wishing to rear cattle will use the facilities at moderate cost.
“You will say that the governor is the Chief Security Officer of his state, but he has no control over the police. That is another problem we have with our type of federalism. Another example is about those digging for treasures in our communities but collect licenses from the Federal Government.
“This is wrong. Nigeria needs true federalism. We will keep talking about it until it materialises,” he said.