Nigeria: Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams cautions presidency over N100bn proposed funds for Miyetti Allah
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, May 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has condemned the proposed N100billion funds allocated to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN),explaining that such allocation will further encourage the spring up of additional pressure groups across the country.
Adams dropped the caution note Sunday in a personally signed statement, where he said that such funds should be channelled to other lucrative areas, to avoid crisis which may trigger off in other zones, particularly, in the Niger Delta region.
The Aare OnaKakanfo pointed out that, the Federal Government should realize the fact that, the spate of insecurity in the country is alarming, and it is not limited to the North alone, hence, there was no point treating such with kid gloves in favour of a section at the expense of others
“The issue at stake is about the spate of insecurity across the nation, it is not limited to the North. Therefore, the Federal Government needs to be cautious on the move. Here in the South West, the spate of insecurity is raging.
“For instance, in Akokoland, in Ondo State, which happens to be my hometown, there were series of attacks and kidnapping that had been raging and still on the increase. People have been killed, and kidnapped at will, and the situation still continues till the present moment,’ Adams lamented.
He recalled that, “last year, the farm of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae was invaded and destroyed by a group of suspected herdsmen. Chief Alani Akinrinade also suffered the same fate. In Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, a prominent Yoruba son lost several millions to the activities of these suspected killer herdsmen.”
According to him, several other people in the South-West had had the bitter experience, regretting that, “a situation whereby an Oba in Akokoland, and a lecturer from Obafemi Awolowo University were kidnapped along Ilesha-Ife road, and released after paying five million naira as ransom is pathetic and not too good for the nation.”
Adams noted that the proposed N100bn for Miyetti Allah is very much higher than the total budget package for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC) for three years, arguing that the move can trigger avoidable crisis across all the zones in the country.
The Yoruba Generalissimo, also urged the Federal Government, to as a matter of urgency, extend the new security arrangement to other zones assuring that, in South-West, there are groups that are keen to support government’s initiatives on reducing the spate of insecurity in the zone.
The warlord, while reacting to the new security measures put in place recently, by the Minister for Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, at a meeting with traditional rulers which took place at the Arewa House, where he urged them to create local security apparatus in order to fight the increasing spate of insecurity in the North, lamented that, government has never deemed it fit to extend such a gesture to the other regions or geo-political zones.
The Aare, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his views about true federalism, calling him to handle the true federalism, the way and manner he handled the June 12 issue, which today made him a hero.
“With the new situation, I think Mr. President has an idea of what we have been saying all these days about true federalism and restructuring. Nigeria’s problems can only be solved with true federalism.
“Many of the problems plaguing our nation, especially, insecurity can be addressed through federalism. For example, if all the regions develop at their own paces, every other issues, including security, power, and health would be taken care of at the state level.
“The President will be in the best position to coordinate the affairs, and efforts could be made to get the country back on the right track. So, it is interesting to note that Mr. President can hear the voices of many Nigerians that see true federalism as solution to the problem of the country,” Adams added.
He therefore advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be cautious of some dubious and selfish politicians, who may want to discourage him, from handling issue of federalism to the benefits of the country, as well as to the citizenry.
“I want to appreciate the President on his position on true federalism. I want to also call on him, to address the issue, the way he perfectly handled the June 12, which today earned him lot of respect over his leadership qualities. He should also be wary of dubious and selfish politicians who may want to discourage him from carrying out his plans for true federalism,” Adams emphasised.