The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi on Wednesday wrote President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors over insecurity in the country.
He said the root cause of insecurity “transcending to the Southwestern states associated with kidnappings, raping and subsequent ransom collections are products of past failures of some stakeholders in the government and families.”
While noting that the Fulani herders had been neglected and left to stay in the forest without amenities, luxury of life and modern technology, he tasked the Federal Government to promote their welfare.
According to him, their neglect has contributed to promoting insecurity at a slight exposure to those accessories.
However, he said the Federal Government must promote ranching to curb the raging incidents of farmers-herders crisis.
He said: “As a long term solution, the affairs of those people at the core grassroots without social amenities and basic infrastructures should be properly monitored and catered for urgently.
“Formal education or vocational skills should be made compulsory for herders. Parents of children between 5-25years seen with cows should be prosecuted. I’ve done this in my domain.
“The herders should be made to be educated, embrace cities lifestyle and not bush. They should be empowered with education. The life is richer in the cities than the bush. Doing such will shape their aspiration to legal means of making huge income.”
The monarch however commiserated with those who have lost their lives to the herders’ crisis, saying, “I pray for the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. As a natural paramount ruler and one of the fathers to the nation, I’m bereaved. No father is happy when his children are killed. To you all, may God forgive your shortcomings.”