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A socio-political organisation, Yoruba Youth Council, has rejected the agitation for grazing reserves for Fulani cattle rearers across the country, with a call on Southerners to go and defend their lands against external aggressors, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The group also condemned the recent atrocities of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the South West and Enugu State, warning that it was an ominous signal that Fulani want to declare war against Southern Nigeria.

The position of YYC was contained in a communique signed by its President, Eric Oluwole and Publicity Secretary, Oladeinde ‘Dare, after its emergency meeting held in Lagos but distributed to political correspondents on Monday in Abuja.

The group specifically called on “all members of the National Assembly representing the Yoruba people to ensure that the bill on grassing reserve die on its arrival.”

The communique reads:
“We considered the position of the Northern governors and their leaders on the criminal display of their Fulani Herdsmen as an attestation to the colonisation agenda of the Fulani people on the southerners.

“The violent activities of the Fulani herdsmen that had led to the kidnap of notable Yoruba leaders like chief Olu Falae and their previous attack of Yoruba communities in Oke Ogun, Oyo state and the Imeko/Ipokai in Ogun state, without a feasible solution from government is a pointer that the Hausa/Fulani are momentrically mongering for war against the southerners as it was manifested in the recent attack of innocent and armless citizens in Enugu state.

“The planned grassing reserves by the Federal Government is a poly to impose the Fulani oligarchy agenda on the entire nation which aims at taking over our land through back door to further empower the Fulanis. If not, why is it that their echo is loudest when President Muhammadu Buhari, their kinsman is enthroned in the country?

“We state that we shall resist any incursion or attempt by the Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors to forcefully rear their cattle in any part of Yoruba speaking states including the territorial boundaries, if adequate and workable measures are not given.

“We however calling on our fellow southern brothers to ignore the disintegrative statement made by the Northern Governors, but to be more vigilant and focussed to ensure their lands and territory are properly defended.

“While we are reiterating our support for the stance of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi that there is no land for grassing reserve in Oyo state, we are calling on all members of the National Assembly representing the Yoruba people to ensure that the bill on grassing reserve die on its arrival.”

Isaac Oyimah/GEE

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