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INSECURITY: Some Yoruba Monarchs Backing Fulani Herdsmen, They Release Land To Get Cows — Owoseni


Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, has bemoaned the worsening security situation in the state.

The former Lagos police commissioner made this known during the first Yoruba traditional security summit held at the old House of Chiefs, Parliament Buildings, Secretariat in Ibadan organized by Yoruba World Assembly, YWA.

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Vanguard quoted him as saying that, “We have a lot on our hands. As a Nigerian, you can live anywhere but not as a criminal.

“If their cows are like their children, they should also not forget that the crops planted by farmers on their farms too are just like their own children. If I don’t disturb your cows, why should you destroy my crops

He lamented that there are many saboteurs among the Yoruba, especially traditional rulers, who trade the safety of the lives of their subjects for cattle.

His words: “Out of 10 cows that a Fulani herder is grazing, eight of them will belong to our people. Some of them are big men. When these criminals are arrested by police, these people will be begging for their release so that the cattle that herders graze for them will not suffer.

“There are so many hungry community leaders. Just because they have an event, they ask for a cow from these herders and give them a large expanse of land. When the herders see the land is okay, they will refuse to vacate it.

“These traditional rulers give out the lands without informing members of their families.”

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