Abdulrosheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwoland, has promised to reintegrate repentant herdsmen in the South-west into the town.
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Oluwo, in a statement on Saturday by his media aide, Alli Ibrahim, described the peace and mutual understanding between the Yoruba and Fulani in Iwoland as enviable, saying “Iwo is ready to host willing repentant herdsmen”.
The monarch, who assured farmers in Iwoland of mutual understanding the herdsmen, said he is making arrangement to revisit his education of the Fulani on ranching management.
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He asked the “good, willing and repentant herdsmen” to visit his palace, as he promised to properly integrate them with the Seriki Fulani of Iwoland.
“I’m different because I love discussing solution. You don’t throw a bad child with bathing water. The space is too delicate to declare war. Let’s consider the good as against the black sheep among the Fulanis. Iwo Remains the highest host of Fulani herdsmen in Osun State. The bad eggs among the Fulanis should be fished out and prosecute.
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“As a natural paramount ruler, I can’t unjustly fight the good ones I have in my domain. Their grandparents were born here. The bilateral symbiotic relationship is lubricating a peaceful coexistence. I want more of the likes of pure minded, progressive and honest herdsmen in my domain. I’ve even advised them to start sending their children to school and embrace modern means of cattle raising. The repentant Fulani herdsmen should relocate to my domain.
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“The innocent good and the willing repentant Fulani herdsmen are welcomed to my palace. I will host, orientate and properly integrate them. I’ve orientated these Fulanis severally. I visit them frequently to ensure harmonious living. Their Seriki reports to me on weekly basis. The affinity has been established mutually. I need more the type in my domain. I’ve the dosage of peace between Yorubas and Fulanis”.
“I want to reiterate that government should inaugurate a special intervention fund for the core grassroots dwellers cutting across all tribes. The beneficiaries should be exclusively meant for grassroots dwellers,” he said.