Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has urged Fulani settlers in his domain to move to town and relate more with the people.
Oluwo also told the settlers about how he met the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd), in Aso Rock and advised him to send herdsmen abroad to learn the modern method of rearing cattle.
Oba Akanbi made the statement during a visit to the Fulani settlers residing at Gaa Fulani, Odo Oba, Iwo.
In a video of the speech made by the royal father obtained on Friday, Oluwo, who spoke in the Yoruba language, said open grazing was no longer in vogue and urged the herders to embrace the modern method of feeding their animals.
He said, “I was in Aso Rock and I met (President) Buhari one on one and I told him to send some of you herders abroad where you will learn modern ways to do your business. How will a cow trek over 20 miles to graze and you expect it to be fattened? Your cows should be kept in a place where they will be well fed.
“I have talked to Buhari and other leaders in the country that we need to take care of you. We cannot abandon some people in the bush and expect that they won’t behave irrationally. We want you to relocate to town, rent apartments and live with people.”
The monarch also called on the settlers to allow their children to have western education, as many of them may not be interested in furthering the animal husbandry business of their parents.
He also urged traditional rulers across the country to integrate all non-indigenes that have resided in their domains for long and treat them as indigenes.
He also sought the cooperation of the settlers to end criminality being linked to Fulani herders in the area.
“I need your corporation to end criminality among the Fulani. I pray that your children that have taken to crime will abandon crime and turn a new leaf. Your children are saying that they need care and attention. That is what is leading them into involving in kidnapping and thuggery. We also have bad such children in Yoruba land which is as a result of lack of care,” Oluwo concluded.