The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has called on the Federal Government to bring to an end the nomadic system of rearing cattle to check the alleged criminality being committed by Fulani herdsmen in rural communities in the land.
A communique issued on Tuesday in Akure after the group’s monthly meeting decried the state of insecurity created by activities of the nomads across the country.
In the communique, which was read by its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, the group also condemned the recent kidnap of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The group described the kidnap of Mr. Falae as “shameful, insensitive and disrespect to the Yoruba race” warning that if the Federal Government failed to stop the herdsmen from attacking the Yoruba people, the Southwest people would have to defend themselves.
“Our people are everywhere in the country and they don’t destroy the business of their host, why should the Fulani people be destroying our own businesses?” Afenifere queried.
“Our demand is that the federal government should arrest the perpetrators and prosecute them. Youruba people will not tolerate this any longer.
“So while we await the arrest of the criminals, the cattle rearing should be stop in Yorubaland.
“I read Chief Olu Falae told the commissioner of Police that government should do something urgently to stop this thing because if such a thing is not done, it will be encouraging self help. People will defend themselves. And we agree totally with him.”
The group also demanded that the President implement the recommendations of the report of the 2014 National Conference, arguing that the report contained the abolishment of the nomadic system.
It held that the normative system was primitive, urging the government to rather adopt ranching cattle rearing system.
“The meeting noted that the 2014 National Conference, to which Chief Olu Falae led the Yoruba delegation, extensively discussed this matter of nomadic cattle rearing and the Conference resolved that it should be stopped and instead have ranches for cattle business,” the group added.
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