Afenifere chieftain, Yinka Odumakin has said APC leader, Bola Tinubu, is part of the people promoting the Ruga initiative which plans to give free land to herdsmen for cattle grazing and other forms of animal husbandry.
Tinubu aired his opinion at a national summit on conflict resolution organized by The Nation and TV Continental with the theme, “Towards an Enduring Peace.”
His words were, “The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle. We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.
“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states. In the long run, this will enable herders to better maintain their livestock and thus their own livelihood.”
Reacting recently, Mr. Yinka said Tinubu should stop supporting it and should reject the Ruga program.
His words, “It would be a waste of time to expect Tinubu to say anything on the Ruga matter. Don’t forget that in 2018, it was reported in The PUNCH that he said all unused lands should be given to herdsmen for grazing. I spoke up then but he lambasted me.
“What we are witnessing today is a manifestation of what he said. So, how can he come out today to oppose Ruga? He advocated Ruga.
“To expect Asiwaju to speak against Ruga is like expecting a shadow to shed tears. It will never happen.”