Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has faulted the position of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on herders and farmers’ clashes.
Tinubu had at a seminar by the The Nation and TVC in Abuja on Monday advised the Federal Government to convert unused land to grazing reserves.
He said: “Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states.”
But Afenifere in a statement by its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said the former Lagos State Governor was only endorsing the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association Nigeria’s position to convert the entire country into a cattle colony.
Odumakin said Afenifere stands by the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference that ranching was the way out of the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, which had resulted in several deaths.
The statement said: “We totally reject this position as it is very backward in modern times and contrary to the consensus of all peace-loving Nigerians that what we need to solve the herdsmen’s siege on farmers is to have ranches.
“Senator Tinubu has lived in very enlightened societies like the United States and Britain; If he was 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 which have been settled.
“Tinubu can give his residence in Bourdillon for cattle colony but our people will not accept their land being converted into cattle grazing routes.”