Reasoning coming from his people since they are the one that gives mandates for every political elected office holders. Rivers state Governor, Nyesome Wike said he succumb to the will of his people after consultation on federal governments directive to provide land for cattle colonies. The governor declares yesterday that there is no land for cattle colonies in rivers state. He made this declaration when D-source Connect Group, Led by Mr Vincent Amadi Paid him a courtesy visit.
On the part of imo state, the commissioner of information, Prof Nnamdi Obiareri in a statement says the imo state government has no plans to cede any land for the cattle colonies proposal by the federal government. He describes the rumour as wicked and mischievous. The statement clarified that there was an existing cattle market in okigwe: “There is no law, policy, decision, plan, request or intention to cede, allocate or designate any part of imo as a cattle colony.
In Kaduna, a senator representing Kaduna south in the National Assembly, Danjuma La’ah said the people of Kaduna Southern District have no land for the policy, maintaining that their property was strictly for growth and development purposes. In a statement, the lawmaker stated” the people’s land could no longer be used for exclusive economic benefit of a group of people, as the herdsmen rich enough to legally acquire property for ranching
Meanwhile, Barely 48 hours after the farm of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, was set ablaze by suspected herdsmen, elders of Akure Kingdom in Ondo State have warned that next attack would result in internecine war. The elders also advised the nomads to desist from attacking other farmers in the area to avoid tribal clashes between them and the indigenes.
They also urged security agencies in the state to be up and doing to avert self-help. Addressing reporters yesterday in Akure, the Asiwaju of Akureland, Prof. Olu Agbi, lamented the rate of attacks on farms in the state.
Agbi, who is also one-time Nigeria’s Ambassador to Greece and Australia, said there was a need for the Federal Government to be proactive about the activities of the herders before it degenerates to a full-blown ethnic crisis. His words: “Since his (Falae) release and the conviction of the suspects, the farm of the senior citizen has been subjected to attack by herdsmen. Apart from the killing of people in his farm, neighbouring farms have also been attacked by these gun-wielding herdsmen.
“The recent burning of Chief Falae’s plantation by these same elements calls for worry. We call on the security agencies to protect the life and property of the elder statesman.”
The elders also kicked against the cattle colony proposal of the government, stressing that there was no land in the kingdom for the policy.