The Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, in Ondo, have urged the state government to make it unlawful for herdsmen to freely graze their cattle in the state.
A communiqué jointly signed by the chairmen of both associations, Rev. John Oladapo and Mr. Joshua Odeyemi on Monday, noted that the issue of herdsmen attack on farmers in various communities can threaten the future generations as well as the freedom to own properties and practise respective religions.
“Our look into history has shown us that these attacks are coordinated and sustained in order to achieve a pre-planned agenda; hence the need for the citizenry to adopt a sustainable and coordinated approach; otherwise, our children will not have the freedom to own land or even worship their God on their own terms.”
“Movement of cows across the country must be regulated in line with modern trends as this forum sees the insistence on free ranging as a resistance to modernisation. Cows can only come to Ondo State in trucks.”
“The development of ranches, which is a business; on its own with every citizen free to make investments in them.”
“It must be recognised that human beings are more important than cows and every Nigerian has a right to own property and nobody has a right to take another man’s property in order to provide for another.”