The pan Yoruba Organisation, Afenifere has rejected the suggestion of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that all unused land should be converted to grazing routes and land for Miyetti Allah.
A statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin faulted Tinubu’s insinuation that water scarcity is the cause of the clashes.
The statement reads:
The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the statement credited to former Lagos Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu that the herdsmen terror being witnessed across the country is a fallout of water scarcity and that the country should “convert unused land to grazing reserves “.
Tinubu who was speaking at The Nation/TVC seminar in Abuja said:
“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected in the affected states “.
Since most of the states in the country are being affected, it is sad that Tinubu is adumbrating the Miyetti Allah position to convert the entire country into one huge cattle colony .
We totally reject this position as it is very backward in modern time and contrary to the consensus of all peace -loving Nigerians that what we need to solve the herdsmen siege on farmers is to have ranches.
Senator Tinubu has lived in very enlightened societies like the USA and Britain .If he were still living in any of such countries would he suggest that grazing routes should be established at this age and time ?
We admonish him that he is free to play his politics the way it suits him but he should thread softly in playing games with the lives of our people by making outlandish propositions on issues on which positions have been settled .
We stand on the position of the 2014 National Conference that said the country should embrace ranching as a way out of the herdsmen crisis .
Let those who are in position to take decision know this clearly:Tinubu can give his residence in Bourdillon for cattle colony but our people will not accept their land being converted into cattle grazing routes .
National Publicity Secretary.