The incessant attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen on farmers and farmlands in some states in the middle belt as well as in the southern part of the country constitute a major threat to the corporate existence of Nigeria, the Yoruba Council of Elder have stressed.
They said this in a Communique issued at the end of a meeting on Thursday in Ibadan.
In the Communique signed by its President General, Major General Adeyinka Adebayo and Secretary, Chief Idowu Sofola, the YCE called for the scrapping of Nomadic grazing in the 21 st century describing it as obsolete.
“Cattle rearing is a private business.those who engage in it must be duly registered with all relevant state agencies for ease of regulation of their activities and Tax purposes”
The YCE also suggested that states where cattle rearing were prevalent must be compelled to establish grazing resorts and ranches for the cattle rearers, stressing that inter state grazing must be criminalised.
The elders charged security agencies to expedite action in finding and prosecuting the perpetrators of the Agatu and Enugu atrocities, adding: “All those violating Firearms Act must also be prosecuted”.
The YCE congratulated President Mohammed Buhari on the signing of the 2016 Appropriation Act into law and urges all agencies charged with implementation of the Budget to carry out their duties diligently.