Yoruba Council Of Elders Reject Cattle Colonies
The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) have kicked against the Federal Government’s proposal to create such colonies, saying no part of the South West would be allowed for the enterprise.
The body condemned what it described as President Muhammadu Buhari’s insensitivity to the security of farmers in Benue, wondering why the killer herdsmen have not been arrested.
The Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide, who spoke after the group’s 26th National Executive Council meeting in Ibadan, said: “YCE totally rejects cattle colony and anti-grazing law as solutions to Fulani herdsmen brutality. We believe restructuring is the only solution. Once restructuring is done, it will solve all these problems.”
He said: “The Federal Government is encouraging Nigerians to go into farming. If we are promoting agriculture and Fulani herdsmen move about with their cattle destroying the farmlands then that is a paradox. The Federal Government doesn’t have power to acquire our lands. Land belongs to the states.”
He also said: “YCE condemns the ineptitude of the security agencies on the crisis. Three weeks after the gruesome murders, no arrest has been made. YCE is alarmed that the leadership of an association, Miyetti Allah, which had openly been issuing threats, have not been questioned.
“YCE believes that the dysfunctional geo-political structure is the root of the nation’s woes. The situation is further complicated by the wasteful system of government, which is defective and which compels corruption by breeding mental and physical indolence.”