*supports Southern Governors on ban
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A former Governor of Oyo State and Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja on Thursday declared that open grazing of cattle is no more fashionable.
Speaking with journalists in Ibadan while hosting Senator Teslim Folarin, the Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, former Secretary to Oyo State Government and Ekefa Balogun of Ibadan land, Barrister Sharafaden Alli and Ajia Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Taofeek Adegboyega Adegoke, High Chief Ladoja noted that it is also not sustainable in Nigeria.
He stressed that open grazing of cattle which often causes clashes between farmers and herdsmen is not more fashionable because it has outlived its relevance.
” All of us know that open grazing is not sustainable. All of us know that it is no more sustainable. So, we have to find a way of looking for sustainable things. If you look at it, fifty years ago, how many people do we have then and how many people we have now. It has increased”, he said.
The former governor added, ” how many cattle we have then and how many do we have now. It has increased. There are some countries that have more cattle than us and they are not practizing open grazing because it is not sustainable “.
Advising herdsmen, cattle breeders and anyone interested in rearing of cattle to look for sustainable business to do , the Osi Olubadan stated that ” it is glaring that open grazing of cattle is not more sustainable.”
“The laws are there, I support the Southern Governors for speaking against open grazing. There are some states that have passed the law but, they are not implementing it. There is anti-open grazing law in Oyo State, but it is not being implemented. I believe that after the pronouncement by the Southern Governors, they will implement the law.
“if they kill some farmers today, other farmers will be afraid to go to the farm. It is wrong for one tribe to dominate us. We are not on unitary system. These are some of the reasons why some people are agitating for secession and revolution.”