- Herdsmen have been urged to interact with people and stop living inside forests
- The call was made by Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi when he visited some settlers in his domain
- Going further, the monarch said he has advised President Buhari to find ways to send some herdsmen for training on modern practices
In what can be described as a frank talk, a Yoruba monarch has sent a direct message to herdsmen across the country on the importance of changing their practices once and for all.
Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi consequently urged Fulani settlers in his domain to move to town and relate more with the people.
The Oluwo of Iwo also claimed that he had advised President Mohammadu Buhari to send herdsmen abroad to learn the modern method of rearing cattle, Punch reports.
He disclosed this during a visit to the Fulani settlers residing at Gaa Fulani, Odo Oba, Iwo.
According to him, open grazing was no longer in vogue and urged the herders to embrace the modern method of feeding their animals.
“I have talked to Buhari and other leaders in the country that we need to take care of you. We cannot abandon some people in the bush and expect that they won’t behave irrationally. We want you to relocate to town, rent apartments and live with people.”
Going further, he urged them to allow their children to have western education.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that in what will generate different reactions from Nigerians across regions, Governor Samuel Ortom has replied his counterpart, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state over the latter's statement on herdsmen.
Mohammed had recently claimed that herders carry weapons because they need to protect themselves and went further to criticise Ortom.
Ortom in his reaction through Terver Akase, his spokesperson, said he was disappointed in Mohammed's statement.
Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Thursday, February 11 said it had reached a consensus on the need for the country to transition into modern systems of animal husbandry that will replace open, night, and underage grazing in the country.
The NGF's resolution was contained in a communique signed by its chairman and Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
In the communique seen by Legit.ng, governors were encouraged to put in place systems to accelerate the grazing initiative of the National Livestock Transformation Plan and ranching in the country.
In another report, Ortom asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security.
Ortom made the call on Thursday, February 11 while addressing journalists including a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja.