- Chief Bola Tinubu has responded to Yinka Odumakin's statement against him
- Tinubu commenting on the herdsmen issue, had suggested that unoccupied lands be converted to grazing areas
- In reaction, Odumakin said Tinubu’s proposal was unacceptable
- Responding to Odumakin, the APC national leader said the Afenifere chieftain did not go through the whole statement before reacting
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has responded to Yinka Odumakin’s criticism of his suggestion on how to end herdsmen crises in the country.
The Nation reports that at a national summit on conflict resolution in Abuja, Tinubu had said: “The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle. We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.
“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states. In the long run, this will enable herders to better maintain their livestock and thus their own livelihood.”
In response, the Afenifere chieftain said Tinubu’s proposal was unacceptable.
.He said: “The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the statement credited to former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that the herdsmen terror being witnessed across the country is a fallout of water scarcity and that the country should ‘convert unused land to grazing reserves’.
“Since most of the states in the country are being affected, it is sad that Tinubu is adumbrating the Miyetti Allah position to convert the entire country into one huge cattle colony. We totally reject this position as it is very backward in modern time and contrary to the consensus of all peace-loving Nigerians that what we need to solve the herdsmen siege on farmers is to have ranches.”
However, Sunday Dare who is the media aide of Tinubu in a statement said Odumakin did not go through the whole statement before reacting. He said government must maintain military presence in the affected areas to curb violence.
He said: "The only deserving response to Yinka Odumakin is that he suffers from selective amnesia. The range of short and long-term options offered by Tinubu is in the suggestions for the consideration of the two-day summit. It did not mention Southwest in particular; what he said had a context. Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states.
“It is not only some Southwest states that are affected but several other states across the country. Why Odumakin suddenly gets hot under the collar may not be far-fetched. The usual frenzy and self-righteous mentality he portrays is on full display.
“Perhaps next time, he should read through the whole submission and caution himself from self-righteousness and displaying in full glare anarchical emotions."
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He suggested that if Odumakin can still read, a read through a larger size of what was said by Tinubu will educate him better.
Legit.ng had reported that A pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, criticised the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for reportedly suggesting that unused lands be converted to grazing reserves in order to solve frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some states of the federation.
The Tribune reports that Afenifere in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, described the suggestions credited to Bola Tinubu as very backward in modern time and contrary to solution of ranching which many Nigerians proffered to solve the herdsmen siege on farmers.
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