Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams

THE Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, yesterday,

condemned the proposed N100 billion funds allocated to Miyetti Allah

Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, saying that such allocation

will further encourage the spring up of additional pressure groups across the country.

 

This came as Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State expressed its readiness to conduct

a registration of herdsmen in the state. Adams, who cautioned the move in a statement,

said such funds should be channelled to other lucrative areas. He noted that

the proposed N100 billion for Miyetti Allah is much higher than the total budget

for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for three years, arguing

that the move can trigger avoidable crisis across all the zones in the country.

He said: “The issue at stake is about the spate of insecurity across the nation.

It is not limited to the North. Therefore, the Federal Government needs to be

cautious on the move. Here in the South West, the spate of insecurity is raging.

“For instance, in Akokoland, in Ondo State, which happens to be my hometown,

there were series of attacks and kidnapping that had been raging and still on the

increase. People have been killed, and kidnapped at will, and the situation continues

till the present moment. “Last year, Chief Olu Falae’s farm was invaded and destroyed

by some herdsmen; Chief Alani Akinrinade also suffered the same fate. In Ijebu Ode,

Ogun State, a prominent Yoruba son lost several millions to the activities of these

killer herdsmen. Several other people in the South-West had had the bitter experience.”

 

While reacting to the new security measures put in place recently by the Minister

for Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, at a meeting with traditional rulers which took place

at the Arewa House, he lamented that government has not deemed it fit to extend

the olive branch to the other regions in the country. He also called on

President Muhammadu Buhari to handle the issue of true federalism the way

and manner he handled the June 12 issue, which today made him an hero.

“With the new situation, I think the President has an idea of what we have

been saying all these days about true federalism and restructuring. Nigeria’s

problems can only be solved with true federalism. “Many of the problems

plaguing our nation, especially, insecurity can be addressed through federalism.

For example, if all the regions develop at their own pace, every other issue,

including security, power, and health would be taken care of at the state level,” he said.

 

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