Yoruba Leaders reject cow colony proposal, want Fulani herdsmen declared terrorists
London, Jan. 25, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Leaders of Yoruba people in the South- West zone of Nigeria have rejected the proposal to establish cattle colonies for Fulani herdsmen in any of their six states of the zone .
They also want the Federal Government of Nigeria to without any delay declare Fulani herdsmen terrorists owing to the series of killings and other nefarious activities allegedly carried out by them
Rising from from a meeting in Lagos tagged Yoruba Summit, the leaders condemned the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen and called on the Federal Government to be alive to its responsibility by enforcing the laws against “these criminal activities and perpetrators of such in order to regain the confidence of the people.”
A statement by Mr Yinka Odumakin, spokesperson for the summit said “the meeting also took strong objections to the obnoxious and vexatious proposal by the Federal Government to establish COW COLONIES across Nigeria in aid of PRIVATE BUSINESS and in violation of the sensibilities of different nationalities whose lands would be partitioned for Fulani herdsmen reminiscent of the Berlin Conference where Africa was partitoned for different colonial powers as a colony presupposes a settlement of invading power in a given community where alien laws and values prevail”
.”The leaders therefore resolved that, “NO INCH of Yoruba land will be available for COW COLONY as Yoruba are in favour of ONLY RANCHING of cattle where those in such business will acquire land according to extant rules and subject their operations to the norms and culture of their host communities.”
The summit catalogued criminal activities of the fulani herdsmen in South-West to include the killings of a pregnant woman in Ekiti, a farmer in Ogun state and the setting ablaze and destruction of the farms of former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae; ex naval chief ,Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan; former Secretary to Oyo State Government, Mr Dele Adigun and Mrs Roseline Ogege in Abeokuta all within the South-West region of the Yoruba race.
The leaders viewed the renewed attacks on property of their ethnic nationals and persons as “unwarranted, provocative and brutal assault by marauding elements who, now carry on as if the laws of the country have been suspended on their behalf by complicit authorities.”
Against the foregoing, the leaders called on Yoruba people to begin venturing into modern RANCHING for home consumption and export while the state governments within the zone evolve policies to promote ranching among Yoruba people.
In conclusion, the meeting also demand the following demands: An immediate end to the menace of the armed Fulani herdsmen currently threatening peace, order and productivity in the county :
-Declare the killer herdsmen and militias as terrorists.
-Disarm the Fulani herdsmen and militias and probe the source of their arms
-Stop the mass illegal immigration of armed Fulani and others into Nigeria through the far northern and north-western borders of Nigeria.
-An inquiry into the serial cases of illegal weapons that have been discovered at the Lagos Port in recent time as they pose serious challenge to our security .
The statement added that the demands were made to bring an end to the threats constituted by the Fulani herdsmen to law and order, security and peace in Nigeria and return the county to the conditions of modern governance.
The meeting presided over by Chief Ayo Adebanjo also has in attendance, Professor Banji Akintoye, Dr Amos Akingba, Dr Kunle Olajide, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele, Mr Goke Omisore, Chief Supo Sonibare, Dr Femi Adegoke, Hon Oladipo Olaitan, Otunba Deji Osibogun, Mrs Tokunbo Ekukinam, and Mr Bolaji Ogunseye among others in attendance.