Yoruba in North want end to herdsmen-farmers crisis
THE Yoruba Council of Obas (YCOBs) in the 19 northern states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Monday advocated for “an amicable resolution” to the face-off between farmers in the South West sub-region and Fulani cattle herdsmen over water and grazing activities.
Rising from its fifth quarterly meeting in Abuja, the Council implored the Ondo State government to resolve the herdsmen-farmers’ conflict to avoid escalation to the northern parts of the country.
In a communiqué signed by the Council’s acting Chairman who is also the Mai (Oba) of Yoruba in Borno State, Alhaji Hassan Yusuf and Dr. Alani Adeyemi, Oba Yoruba Gombi, made available to newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday, it appealed to the Ondo state governor to use his wealth of experience in resolving the lingering problems between farmers and herdsmen.
“We implore the governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to use his good offices to resolve the ongoing crisis between the Fulani cattle herdsmen and farmers in the state, amicably and quickly to avoid a spill-over effect,” the council said.
It advised non-indigenes living in the southwest and north to abide by the rules and traditions of the areas, urging them to continue to live harmoniously and peacefully with their hosts.
The council also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what it described as his genuine efforts in addressing immediate needs of the country especially the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges.