Why we have not adopted any presidential candidate – YCE

The Yoruba Council of Elders has said it will not adopt any of the presidential candidates without getting a firm commitment from  them on the  restructuring of the country and  abolition  nomadic pastoralism.

The Secretary-General of the YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Friday.

Olajide said the council  had not adopted any of the presidential candidates, in spite of the fact  that some Yoruba leaders  had adopted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Olajide said, “We have not declared our support for any presidential candidates. As far as we are concerned, we have our aspirations for Nigeria and of course for the  Yoruba nation.

We are still not satisfied and we want to discuss our aspirations and get commitments from the candidates who are willing and committed to meeting our expectations.”

He said  open grazing had caused sorrows in many homes in  the country.

He said the open grazing must be abolished with herders compelled to adopt a  modern approach to  raising  livestock to ensure peace in the country.

The YCE chief  said, “ It appears that we have been invaded by these  nomadic  herdsmen. And up till this moment, none of the two major candidates has made any commitment to abolish  nomadic grazing. The  herders are kidnapping our people, killing them, they collect money and rape  our women and nothing is being done to stop it.

“I have it on strong authority that the two of them own thousands and thousands of cattle. In other words, they are employers of these herdsmen and they are not touching  this important  matter.”

He added, “Banning of nomadic grazing and restructuring to achieve true federalism are two main issues that we need the commitments of the candidates on. So, we have not adopted anybody and the door is still open.”
Share on Google Plus

About Brandinfo

BrandInfo is an online newspaper that has been specially packaged to dish out exclusive, robust and current information about brands. For inquiries, please call +234 708 967 2875
    Blogger Comment
    Facebook Comment


Post a Comment