Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has described as untrue a claim that Governor Kayode Fayemi intends to cede part of Ekiti land for grazing.
The council’s chairman and Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi, made the clearnce while reacting to a publication by some traditional rulers under the aegis of Majority Obas in Ekiti Land (MOBEL) on the matter.
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The monarchs debunked an earlier statement issued by the Olomuo Oke of Omuo Oke , HRM Oba Vincent Otitoju and Onikun of Ikun Amure Ekiti Oba Olatunde Olusola, raising the alarm over possible ceding of land for grazing or ranching by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
However, in the release made available to Daily Independent by his Media Adviser, Ajibade Olubunmi, Oba Alabi appealed to the concerned monarchs to show some circumspection in reacting to news culled from Social media in this era of misinformation, disinformation and fake news. Oba Alabi, therefore, appealed to all traditional rulers and the various communities in Ekiti State to remain calm adding that there was no need for an alarm or tension on ranching as the governor has made it abundantly clear that no part of Ekiti land would be ceded. According to the Alawe, the State Council of Traditional Rulers at its next statutory meeting in April will be properly briefed by top government officials on the state policy on animal husbandry. “The attention of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has been drawn to a publication made by some traditional rulers under the aegis of Majority Obas in Ekiti Land (MOBEL) alleging that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State intends to cede land to some people for cattle ranching or grazing and wish to state unequivocally that the allegation was not true as the Governor has no plans to cede an inch of our land to any group of people for ranching.” the statement reads in part. Oba Alabi, however, disclosed that available information from Government revealed that the news making the round on plans to cede land was meant to cause disaffection among our people.