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Ladoja backs govs, says they should do more, talk less

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Rashidi Ladoja

‘Open grazing not sustainable’
Former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja, declared support for southern governors’ banning of open grazing, saying it is the best way to go to reduce tension between farmers and herders.

Ladoja claimed that “while the North is working hard on standing alone as a country”, southern leaders are talking too much on it.

The Ibadan high chief, who made the comments while speaking with journalists in Bodija shortly after observing Eid-El-Fitri prayer, pointed out that open grazing is not sustainable in the 21st century.

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“Most of us know that open grazing is not sustainable. We are still practising what was being practised 50 years ago. Let’s find a way of going for a sustainable system. The numbers of cows people are eating today has increased. All over the world, there are more cows than human beings. Yet, they maintained it without grazing openly. I support ban on open grazing. There is existence of open grazing law, it has been there for long in the state.

“Religious intolerance is another problem Nigeria is facing. Boko Haram says education is harram for them,” Ladoja said.

The former governor also noted: “Some part of the country feel cheated in the appointment of people into some offices in the country. Nigeria will collapse when we have incompetent people in power.

“That is why there is agitation for restructuring and secession. When you have people not competent running the country that is what you see.

“They have to take it easy, there will be a time God will give us good leaders, and there will also be a time God will give us leaders that are not as good

“We can only know the beginning of a war, nobody knows the end. We have to do softly. We are talking too much while the North is working too much. Don’t let us deceive ourselves, the North is working hard for its independence. Why are they building railway to other countries and building refineries?”

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