Professor Banji Akintoye talking on Channels Tv’s Newsnight.
Professor Banji Akintoye says the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation of Nigeria (MACBAN) has within the latest previous introduced themselves as a terrorist organisation.
Talking whereas showing as a visitor on Channels Tv’s Information Night time, Professor Akintoye mentioned he’s shocked that anyone will equate Miyetti Allah with Afenifere, or Ohanaeze or PANDEF.
Whereas reacting to questions relating to the farmers/herders conflict in Nigeria, the famend tutorial acknowledged that “Miyetti Allah has presented itself as a terrorist organization” including that “Afenifere is not a terrorist organization, Ohanaeze is not a terrorist organization. PANDEF is not a terrorist organization”.
Professor Akintoye additional famous that he’s suspicious in regards to the intentions of the Federal Authorities with regard to the RUGA idea.
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In response to him, it’s not a query of presentation, it’s a query of the agenda behind all that’s occurring.
So far as he’s involved, the Federal Authorities appears today to be doing nothing greater than to consider methods to get the Fulanis to be admitted into lands inside the Southern and Middlebelt areas.
Nonetheless talking on the clashes between herders and farmers, Professor Akintoye acknowledged that the Yorubas are usually not against Fulanis.
He argued that it’s within the tradition of the Yorubas to welcome individuals, including that the Yorubas don’t assault strangers on their lands.
“It is a traumatic experience for a Yoruba to raise his hand against visitors on his land,” Akintoye careworn.
Narrating what the connection was up to now, the historian mentioned; “Cattle herders had been coming to our farms after I was a baby; a peasant farmer’s baby.
“We’d go to the farm and we see the herder with the cow and we might play with the cattle and he would shield us and inform us to not go too close to to them as a result of they may kick you. He was a really good particular person. He was not a hostile one that did his work.
“However now, there may be an agenda. Not all cattle herders, however some herders are available in to intentionally provoke conflicts as a result of behind them are well-trained militias.”
Relating to the problems of restructuring in Nigeria, the revered author held that Nigeria is a rustic of countries and never a nation in itself.
He added that every nation inside Nigeria deserves to be revered.
For him, the problem of restructuring is a query of responding to the calls for of the second.
“The calls for of the second for Nigeria, if Nigeria is to outlive, is to restructure.
“The rationale the Northerners, particularly the North-West doesn’t settle for it, is that energy is of their palms.
“They see restructuring as a method of taking energy away from them. Why ought to they help it? They gained’t help it.”
So long as he’s involved, the Federal Authorities is so highly effective and so they nonetheless need extra powers.
“It is not a good thing to let this country break up. It would break up if we don’t do something about this in a hurry,” Akintoye warned.
The educationist additionally spoke about the usual of schooling in Nigeria.
“We used to be very proud of our education standards in the 1950s and in 1960s’. You are asking me a question that can make me emotional because the educational system has virtually collapsed in Nigeria,” Professor Akintoye opined.
The celebrated tutorial added that he’s very unhappy about what he sees today.
“Poverty, disintegration, decline, loss of excellence. That is what I see everywhere: in primary schools, secondary schools, teacher training colleges and especially in universities which is where I know a lot. It is shocking what is happening to our universities,” he acknowledged.
Proferring options to the schooling downside, Professor Akintoye was of the opinion that what Nigeria can do is to determine a nationwide fee charged with the responsibility of trying on the academic system, describing and figuring out the sources of the weak point of the decline after which proposing the options that can result in a change.
He careworn that in accordance with UNESCO, for an academic system in a rustic to be viable, then the nation must be spending about 25 p.c of its GDP on schooling.