81 Ekiti monarchs write Fayemi, reject ranching for herdsmen

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Traditional rulers in Ekiti State under aegis of Majority Obas of Ekiti Land (MOBEL) has opposed the establishment of ranching proposed by the Federal Government under its National Livestock Programme.

They said FG’s proposed plan by the state government to acquire land for herdersmen activities is ‘crystal imperialist agenda’ with potentials to cause serious security challenges for the host communities.

monarchs, in a letter dated March 25 2021 and addressed to Governor Kayode Fayemi expressed their opposition to the Ekiti State’s decision to adopt the project following preponderance of complaints from subjects both home and abroad.

letter was signed by the Chairman of the Majority Obas in Ekiti land, Olomuoke of Omuooke-Ekiti, Oba Vincent Otitoju; the Secretary, Onikun of Ikun Amure-Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Olusola and other 79 monarchs.

traditional rulers cautioned Governor Fayemi against imposing any obnoxious policy on the people, saying ceding lands to herders whose criminal activities have created panic in the state would offend the sensibilities of the people had been victims of their heinous atrocities.

They vowed not to cede any portion of land in their domains for proposed reserves, “we are mindful of the security implications and consequences which will be inimical to the security of our people.”