Herdsmen/Farmer Crisis: The Land Belong To All Of Us – Oluwo Of Iwo Condemns Afenifere, YCE Group Over Rejection Of Proposed Ranches
Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwoland, has berated top Yoruba traditional leaders for their rejection of the federal government’s proposal to create cattle ranches in the southwest region.
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NIGERIA NEWS notes that the First class Yoruba king also faulted the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) for the same reason of rejection establishment of ranches for herdsmen in the southwest as proposed by president Buhari-led government.
Akanbi said the stiff position of the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation will generate rancour and disunity throughout the country.
The Oba said this at the N2 billion Community Development Fundraising set up by Temitope Olatoye Sugar, a member of the House of Representatives representing Akinyele/Lagelu federal constituency in Oyo state.
Speaking further at the event held in Ibadan recently, Oba Akanbi said lands in Nigeria belong to everyone and thus it was wrong to kick against the federal government’s proposal to create cattle ranches in the southwest.
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In his word, the Oluwo of Iwo wondered why the same persons condemning the proposal did not kick against other businesses owned by northerners in the region.
Thus, the king called on the concerned to rescind the decision and embrace peace.
“More than half of the landmass of this country belongs to the North. The remaining is shared by the Southerners. We should look for unity. We should not discriminate. The land together is called Nigerian land, and it belongs to all of us.
“There should be no discrimination. That is why I call myself the Alaafin of Iwo, Ooni of Iwo, Alake of Iwo. We traditional rulers should be fathers to all,” Akanbi said.
Dignitaries who were in attendance at the occasion included a representative of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Wole Oke; Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state represented by the state’s commissioner for education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela.
Others were Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ifedayo Abegunde; and Oladipupo Adebutu Keshington from Ogun state, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan, represented by Oba Adekunle Adebowale, the Agbolu of Agbaye Ife; Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Ayoade Adeseun and parents of the lawmaker, who all contributed financially to the fundraising aimed at alleviating poverty especially among the jobless youths.
“The rich will never sleep as long as the poor are hungry. I, therefore, call on all men and women of goodwill, who have the determination like me to give succor to the less privileged, the voiceless and thousands of jobless youths who require vocational skills and entrepreneurship training in our society, to lend support through the launching of this N2 billion OSF Community Development fundraising,” Olatoye Sugar said.
In an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that President Buhari-led government built ranches in ten states