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Ohanaeze Ndigbo rejects grazing colonies


The  apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has rejected the proposal by the Federal Government to establish grazing colonies for Fulani herdsmen across the country, saying the recent killings of people by the herdsmen in Benue and Taraba states have  exposed the dangerous path, which Nigeria would be walking through such a gamble.

This is even as Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has called on the Federal Government to forthwith declare the rampaging Fulani herdsmen  terrorists , warning that  allowing them to continue to kill, maim and destroy people’s farmland would  push communities to engage in self-defence. The Ohanaeze also said the proposed grazing colonies were not only against the Bible, which was a supreme law (Exodus 22.5), but another form of internal colonisation of the eastern region by the Fulani north. These were contained in a statement signed by the Enugu State President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Chief Alex Ogbonna. 

The statement, entitled “Ndigbo rejects grazing colonies in its entirety,” read: “The recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in various parts of Benue State and Middle Belt region have once again exposed the dangerous path which Nigeria is currently walking. “Curiously, despite the gravity of the situation, the Federal Government appears to be at a loss on how to tackle the menace, and has, consequently, hit on the expediency of establishing grazing colonies across the country as a means of ending the constant menace of the herdsmen. 

“While Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State is disposed and committed to a peaceful Nigerian society, devoid of senseless blood-letting and unconscionable massacre of innocent civilians by any group, we wish to state categorically and in the strongest terms that we reject in its totality the proposed establishment of grazing colonies in any part of Enugu State. 

“Therefore, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State Chapter urges the state government, state Assembly and other institutions of the state to resist in the strongest terms, the concession of any part of Enugu State for the purpose of  creating grazing colonies for the Fulani herdsmen. “We wish also to state that any attempt by central government  to carry out this policy will amount to usurpation of our people’s right to existence and would thus be vehemently resisted. “We hereby state without fear of contradiction that establishment of grazing colonies is not the answer to restructuring Nigeria, an option which Ohanaeze is committed and disposed to.”

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