Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, Emir of Ilorin has given herdsmen in Ilorin an expanse of land because of the face-off between the University of Ilorin and herdsmen, who have vowed not to leave the university’s land.
The face-off started when the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem had a meeting with the herdsmen and told them to vacate the institution, that they have had enough.
He said the herdsmen were destroying properties and it is becoming costly for the institution to bear.
This led the Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Kwara State, Alhaji Usman Adamu, to ask the government to intervene because they have nowhere to go if they get evicted from the institution’s land.
He argued that the association had been on the land before the university was established and it would be impossible to relocate.
The Case was actually prevailed upon by the Emir of Ilorin by providing a parcel of land at a village, at Opolo, in Ilorin south local government area, for the herdsmen as a settlement.
This was made known by the vice chancellor at the Wednesday iftar interaction while speaking to newsmen in Ilorin.
The V.C said, “at that first meeting, i agreed to do the bidding agreed upon by my predecessors. The lucky thing is that after media reports, i got invited to emir’s palace.
I went there and i told the emir exactly what happened. I must thank him for the way he took everything
He said he thought we were taking care of everything on our own and not leaving anything for them to input.
When we told him what we did, he said he had agreed to give a parcel of land in Opolo village, to these herdsmen and he will arrange what will be given to them.
The last few times that we met the herdsmen, we thought they will live together, but they said that one group, out of the two, will have to migrate somewhere else, but the one that will stay will take the land offered by the emir”.
The issue has finally been resolved and the university hopes that they will not return to their land.