The umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, has backed the call by the Chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for Yoruba people to make use of chicken and home-grown goats at social functions instead of “health-threatened” cows.
Ilana Omo Oodua, headed by renowned historian and scholar, Professor Banji Akintoye, said it agrees with Akeredolu that “N2.5billion is taken out of the Yoruba economy daily to develop the North which is not economically commonsensical.”
It said Yoruba people should start developing the ideology of Grow What You Consume .
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Deputy to Alana-in-Council of the organisation, Professor Wale Adeniran, and made available to newsmen by the group’s Communications Secretary, Mr Maxwell Adeleye.
The statement read in part, “In a statement credited to Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, over the weekend, the Ondo State Governor was reported as having called on the people of the South-West to embrace the consumption of chicken and home-grown goat during ceremonies rather than beef in order to prevent capital flight from the region.
“According to Arakunrin, about N2.5 billion is lost to beef consumption on a daily basis by the people of South-West.
“Ilana Omo Oodua hereby salutes Arakunrin Akeredolu on the statement credited to him in this regard, and we hereby give his call our unalloyed support. We commend the Governor for this bold, patriotic and visionary statement, and urge our people to heed the call.
“Ilana Omo Oodua wishes to add that the people of the South-West should, in addition to chicken, resort to other sources of protein such as our local goats, our local sheep, fish, snail, rabbit, duck, turkey and grasscutter (òyà) for ceremonies and daily consumption.
“There are now modern methods for the intensive production of these sources of protein, which we urge the various state governments to support through training workshops and the provision of small-scale loans.
The switch to these other sources of protein will not only prevent capital flight but will also create jobs for the teeming population of educated youths who will be engaged in the production and processing of these alternative sources of protein.
“Furthermore, medical experts and nutritionists advise against the consumption of beef, that is, red meat. Red meat is universally recognised as being injurious to human