Incessant hersmen attacks, a ploy to subjugate, says Falae
Elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Olu Falae, has described the incessant attacks on farmers and rural dwellers across the country as a ploy to subjugate other tribes and take over their lands.
Falae, who is the Chairman of Forum for Good Governance (FGG), said this yesterday in Iju/Itaogbolu, headquarters of Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State during a stakeholders meeting organized annually by a religious group.
He lamented that the menace, especially in the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria, is carried out through brazen intimidation and economic ruin to dispossess their victims.
According to the former Minister and Secretary to the Federal Government, the Fulani herdsmen brandish assault rifles, rape and maim innocent farmers, grazing their cattle on economic crops in attempt to drive the farmers off their lands so they could take them over.
Falae who was once kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen and a victim of recurrent forage into his farmland explained the untoward experiences he encountered with the cattle readers.
Present at the event include Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof Fuwape; Archbishop Latunji Lasebikan; a former Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Adeduro Adegboye, Alaani of Ido-Ani, Oba Olutoye, the Okiti of Iju, Oba Farukanmi amongst others.
Governor Akeredolu added that the church should rise to its traditional roles of being the conscience of the nation by setting good examples while carrying out selfless and humanitarian services. The Archbishop of Anglican Communion, Lasebikan, lamented that Christians have failed in their calling to be the salt that would season the society; rather they chase ephemeral vanities that wonít take them to eternity. He wondered why corruption is thriving despite the growing number of churches everywhere.
The convener of the forum, Joshua Odeyemi had earlier explained that the meeting was an attempt by the body of Christians to have a say in the affairs of the nation.
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