Cattle Ranching: Afenifere Warns FG

By Ikenga Chronicles July 5, 2018

Cattle Ranching: Afenifere Warns FG

Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Oyo State Chapter, has warned the Federal Government not to use public funds for cattle ranching.

This was made known in a press statement signed by Otunba Dr. Gbola Adetunji (Chairman) and Jare Ajayi (Acting Publicity Secretary).

“Why then should enormous public fund be devoted to establishing and promoting something that will be beneficial to some private individuals and endanger the lives of thousands if not million others?” the group asked.

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Afenifere added that funding cattle ranches across the federation will most likely cause bloodshed and ethnic clashes.

The group called on the federal government to reject the idea of establishing cattle ranches in Oyo State.

“This is the time to call a spade a spade. Those clamouring for creation of grazing zones across the country should have a rethink. It is against the Land Use Act; it is against the law of natural justice to seize people’s land to cater for someone’s cattle.

“Grazing zones could be created for those who are traditional cattle rearers in their areas. I’m not against that. But, you cannot come here and tell me you want to occupy our land for grazing zones. The land exists in our respective states and as such the rightful owners should decide what to do with them.

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“Anybody outside this zone willing to rear cattle here will need to approach the state to buy the land and we offer what is available with rules. There is no free land for grazing zones. We need to take this firm position. It won’t happen.

“What we are saying, however, is that anyone interested in ranching should approach relevant authorities and landowners properly – just as any other entrepreneur would do. There should be no spoonfeeding anybody by a way of using commonwealth to gratify some people at the expense of millions of others!”

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