Leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the South-West have unanimously rejected calls for a Yoruba nation or any call for secession.
The APC leaders made their positions known in a statement issued after the meeting at the Lagos state house on Sunday.
In attendance were APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; former interim national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; former Chief of Army Staff, General Alani Akinrinade; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as well as Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun and Adegboyega Oyetola of Lagos, Ogun and Osun states respectively.
The leaders affirmed their support and backing of the ban on open grazing and movement of cattle by foot. a position taken by the Southern Governors.
The statement reads in part… “We hold to the view that true federalism where more power and resources are allocated to the states will be an essential part in strengthening society and improving democratic governance so that we beat the present challenges but also engender durable peace and security.”
“We endorse the position of the Southern Governors taken at their May 11, 2021 summit in Asaba, Delta State, regarding ranching. We do so because such a decision will lessen tensions between farmers and herders while also helping the long-term economic viability of both the farming and herding communities.”
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