Alaafin of Oyo Oba Adeyemi

Oba Adeyemi III, said:

“But today with the arms at their disposal, some Fulani breeders choose to target green leaves of farmers’ crops as good protein for their cattle and therefore lead their cattle aggressively in that direction. The big question, therefore, is how do those cattle breeders come across the sophisticated weapons with which they arm themselves as if they are going to war? This is the task before the various security agencies to unravel in the interest of peace and unity of the country.”

The monarch, who remained unconvinced about claims of the herders, said:

“It is not only laughable but indeed ridiculous that as many as eight hundred Fulani with an imaginary one million cows would have been killed in one single attack without any documentation or report. The level of mass communication in the country had gone beyond that Dark Age in sophistication and modernity.”

He added, “any responsible traditional ruler should not be seen in any religious or ethnic justification in the present situation. Rather, the institution of traditional rulers should use both individuals and collective efforts to quell the crisis from further escalation. That is what is expected of royal paternity”.

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