The pan-Igbo socio-Political organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has dismissed the possibility of the south-east zone consenting to the novel idea of cattle colonies, impressing it on the Federal Government that Igbo would have nothing to do with the idea.
The Minister of Agriculture after a meeting with some state governors hinted of a determination by the Federal Government to create, “cattle colonies,” across the country in its quest for a lasting solution to the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
More states of the federation, most especially in the south-west zone had distanced themselves from the agenda by the government on Cattle Colonies with a hint that they will not release parcels of land for such
However, Ohaneze has told the President Muhammadu Buhari that Igbos have their own breed of cows that do not go about causing troubles, adding that creating colonies where animals are not bred, would cause more harm.
For this, the group wants the Nigerian government to forget the idea of cattle colonies in the South-East geopolitical zone.
Speaking with the Punch, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Uche Achi-Okpaga, said, “We have our local breed of cows in the South-East. They are herded and not allowed to cause damage. If they do, as may be rarely seen, it is at the owners’ risk.
“Why would anybody establish cattle colonies on our land? Is it to begin to create opportunity for further skirmishes? Ndigbo do not buy the idea at all.”
In the same vein, the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom at a meeting with President Buhari earlier today said Benue state has no land to offer for the proposed cattle colonies, stressing that his cattle grazing also take place in his state, while the people prefer ranching to creation of colonies for cattle.