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Miyetti Allah, herdsmen, and the people of Osun State

Published by Vanguard on Sat, 15 Jun 2019

Ihave strong ties to Osun State. These ties mean I should visit at least once a fortnight. But my aversion for local travel generally and road travel particularly, had led to what can best be described as a dereliction of some duties. In the course of my travels to that part of the world, I have had flat tyres along Ife'Ilesha road a couple of times, engine problems a couple of times, been accosted by policemen many times and taken to their station once. But 'the ties that bind' are too strong for these to be used as tenable excuses not to visit. Besides, not once during those challenges did I consider my life to be in serious danger. Then suddenly, I am told that a route I have used all my adult life at different hours of the day' or night'has now become too dangerous to ply. Or if you must ply, it has to be within specific hours. And the herdsmen I have been seeing all my life around the route, and regarded as benign, are now to be feared and regarded as dangerous to my well-being. This is now, not only a tenable reason not to fulfil my obligations to that area, it is a serious cause for concern.Continue reading Miyetti Allah, herdsmen, and the people of Osun State at Vanguard News.
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