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No to cattle colonies in South West – Yoruba elders

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Elders of Nigeria’s South West region has rejected the proposed cattle colonies being considered by the federal government, which seeks to check the incessant conflicts between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the country.

 

The elders under the aegis of the Yoruba Council of Elders YCE said the group totally rejects the idea of cattle colony and anti-grazing law as solutions to Fulani herdsmen brutality. According to the group, the only viable solution was to restructure the country.

 

A Fulani herdsman water his cattle on a dusty plain between Malkohi and Yola town on May 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL AREWA        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL AREWA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Rising from its 26th National Executive Council meeting which held in Ibadan yesterday, the group also said the kid glove treatment of Myetti Allah speaks volume about the neutrality of the presidency on the matter.

 

“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. That is a paradox.”

“Cattle-rearing and farming are business ventures. No businessman will expect any government to come and run his business for him”, he said.

The group declared that the government had failed Nigerians for stopping the violent killings.

 

Photo courtesy of  Emmanuel Arewa/AFP/Getty Images

 

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