The Pan Yoruba Socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has called on Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to as a matter of urgency call for a stakeholders’ colloquium to resolve the incessant herdsmen’s attacks on innocent people and their farmlands in the state.
This among other resolutions were reached in Akure at a special meeting of the group held at the residence of Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti.
Speaking at the meeting, Chief Fasoranti, who commended the members for the massive turnout also advocated for unity among Yorubas, saying that the region is facing common problems, including herdsmen’s attacks which must be quickly addressed.
The Afenifere leader expressed displeasure that the cries of Afenifere in the past have been falling on deaf hears of those at the helms of affairs in the country, noting that the time to save the country from disintegration is now.
Chief Fasoranti noted that if the leadership of the country fails to address the Fulani menace and allows the current bad situation to degenerate, the consequences will be so bad on the country.
He also stressed the need for the Yoruba leaders to sensitise their people who are eligible voters to vote for credible and responsible people in the 2019 election.
Earlier, the state Chairman and National Secretary of Afenifere, Chief Seinde Arogbofa, who condemned the incessant and bloody herdsmen’s attacks on innocent people and their farmlands especially in the night, also advised the Governor to handle the issue of herdsmen with all seriousness it demands.
He particularly asked the Governor to urgently bring together all stakeholders including the security personnel, traditional rulers, the senior citizens, Fulani leaders and other relevant stakeholders to arrest the wave of kidnapping and armed robbery mainly perpetrated by the herders, especially in the Northern Senatorial district of the state.
According to him, such a possible outcome of the colloquium should be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for necessary actions.
The Chairman also said the group agreed with the state Governor on cattle ranches and not colonies as the ultimate solution for cattle trade in the state.
He further called for vigorous voter registration and voter education campaign to enable people make the right choices in the coming 2019 general elections.
Afenifere also rejoiced with Akeredolu on his one year in office and commended him for his achievements, especially “the resurfacing of some terrible bad roads such as the Iwaro-Oka which was a death trap; a programme of reordering our tertiary educational mechanism to arrest waste and duplication; and peace maintenance in our riverine areas with the surrender of arms and ammunition by the insurgents”.
Other speakers at the meeting the state Secretary of Afenifere, Chief Korede Duyile, Dr. Bakkita Bello, Albert Kole Omololu among others described the meeting as very successful.
They equally advocated for unity among the Yoruba race to achieve common goal.
Other prominent members in attendance were Hon. Derin Adesida, Chief Sanya Oyinsan, Chief Femi Aluko, Chief Olabisi Johnson, Chief Bayo Fajimilua, Barrister Moses Akinjiyan, Chief Mrs. Animola, Erelu Akindele Martins among others.