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 Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, who is the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM ,Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, AFUNTADE 1 made the clarification while reacting to a statement issued by the Olomuo Oke of Omuo Oke , HRM Oba Vincent Otitoju and Secretary, Onikun of Ikun Amure Ekiti Oba Olatunde Olusola and some Obas.
Oba Alabi revealed 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. The Chairman of the Traditional Council therefore appealed to monarchs to show some circumspection in reacting to news culled from social media in this era of misinformation, disinformation and fake news.
According to the Alawe, the State Council of Traditional Rulers at its next statutory meeting in April 2021 will be properly briefed by top Government officials on Government policy on Animal Husbandry.
The Chairman of the State Traditional Council therefore, appealed to all traditional rulers and the various communities in Ekiti State to remain calm adding that there was no
need for for alarm or tension on ranching as the Governor has made it abundantly clear that no part of our land would be ceded.
Chief Ajibade Olubunmi
Media Adviser to Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti