Yoruba Leaders, under the aegis of Yoruba Summit, have met to oppose the establishment of any cow colony any of the southwestern states.
The minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, recently stated the federal government’s plan to establish cattle colonies across the federation to reduce attacks on farming communities by herdsmen.
The leaders said they were forced to hold an extra-ordinary session in Lagos against the background of the incessant criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen across Yorubaland in recent days ,which have witnessed the killings of a pregnant woman in Ekiti,a farmer in Ogun state and the setting ablaze and destruction of the farms belonging to 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.
‘’These renewed attacks on Yoruba property and persons were considered 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 ,’’ a statement signed by Yinka Odumakin on behalf of the summit said.
‘’Meeting condemned these assaults 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 .
‘’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 portioned for different colonial powers as a colony presupposes a settlement of invading power in a given community where alien laws and values prevail.
‘’Meeting resolved that NO INCH of Yorubaland 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.
‘’Meeting also called on Yoruba people to begin venturing into modern RANCHING for home consumption and export while our State Governments should evolve policies in promotion of ranching by Yoruba people .
‘’Meeting also made demands on the Federal Government to do the following to end the menace of the armed Fulani herdsmen currently threatening peace, order and productivity in the county :
1 Declare the killer herdsmen and militias as terrorists.
2 Disarm the Fulani herdsmen and militias and probe the source of their arms
3 Stop the mass illegal immigration of armed Fulani and others into Nigeria through the far northern and northwestern borders of Nigeria.
4 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 .
‘’Meeting made these demands 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, was attended by Prof 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, Oladipo Olaitan, Otunba Deji Osibogun, Mrs Tokunbo Ekukinam and Mr Bolaji Ogunseye, among others .