“Either for piloting or whatever you may deem it fit in describing the developments, we are not interested because the right over land administration is clear under the land use Act”
This is the word of the Chief press secretary to the Benue state governor, Mr Akase, on the plans of the federal government of settling Fulani herdsmen within its territory saying it was ready to take federal government to court.
Mr Akase was speaking on African Independent Television (AIT) Kakaki Platform this morning over the controversy coming from Federal Government plan on Ruga Settlement all over the country
Also, Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday assured Ekiti people that nobody coming from outside the state would be allowed to take over the land from them.
He said non-indigenes wishing to do business in the state must respect the culture of the indigenous people and must pursue their interest in line with the laws of the land.
The governor gave the assurance when he paid an early morning visit to the people of Orin-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area to commiserate with them on the killing of a farmer, Mr Emmanuel Ilori, by suspected herdsmen last Saturday.
Fayemi said that traditional hunters and security agencies would work together to ensure adequate security for the people, adding that the residents of the state would now witness the deployment of more soldier, armed policemen and other security agencies so that they can sleep with their two eyes closed.
On his alleged plan to give Ekiti land to “outsiders” in exchange for future political ambition, Fayemi said: “Nobody is coming to take our land in Ekiti, the governor of Ekiti State has power over the land of Ekiti and it is the person that the governor gives land in Ekiti that can use their land of Ekiti.
“If there are negative comments being peddled around that some people are coming to take over Ekiti land, it’s mere hearsay. It cannot happen in Ekiti except I am no longer the governor and there is nobody that can be governor in Ekiti that will cede Ekiti land to outsiders because our land is not even enough for us.”
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State said there was no plan to establish Ruga settlement in any part of the South-East and South-South zones.
Umahi, who is the chairman of the South-East Governors Forum made the comment in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Uzor, in Abakaliki.
He explained that though the South-East zone did propose a deal with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) towards achieving a lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen, there was no plan by governors in the zone to cede any part of their land for Ruga settlement.
“There will be no part of the South-East that will be given out for the purpose of the establishment of Ruga settlement, the zone is purely agrarian with limited land mass for farming and therefore cannot accommodate Ruga establishment.
“We actually proposed a deal with MACBAN to take them to cattle to the northern parts where grazing reserves were established a long time ago and relied completely on the grasses grown in the South for feeding of their cattle.”
The people of Cross River State and other parts of Niger Delta rejected the Ruga settlements policy and asked Governor Ben Ayade and other governors in the region to speak up on the matter for the sake of peace.