Trouble looms in Kogi Stat over a resolve by the State government to fully embrace the idea of Cattle Colony just mooted by the Federal government, as a section of the state has kicked against it.
Indication to this effect emerged on Thursday as the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district; Senator Dino Melaye said the people of his district will not accede to Cattle Colony as proposed by the Federal Government.
More states across the federation had expressed displeasure on the agenda to create colonies for Fulani herders, insisting that doing so would amount to legitimizing a Fulani hegemony across the federation.
Melaye gave the position of his Senatorial District in a statement he issued and signed, just as he accused the State governor, Yahya Bello of embracing the idea for monetary gains.
He said, the governor had hoped to reap from the funds expected to be made available to Kogi State by the Federal Government on establishmet of a colony for Fulai herders, stressing that Kigi west will resist the plan vehemently.
His statement read, “It is not surprising that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, will quickly but strangely meet with the Minister of Agriculture in order to make our dear Confluence State as a Pilot State for the proposed Cattle Colonies in the country.
“The governor’s latest shenanigans is not surprising in the sense that money is involved. The Federal Government will definitely make funds available to Bello to kick-start the pilot scheme in Kogi State.
“Therefore, as a true representative of the people of Kogi West senatorial zone and on behalf of my constituents, we warn in strong terms that our soil, land, water and air cannot be used for cattle colonies.
“Let it be clear to all the insensitive people behind the idea that Kogi West will resist the establishment of any cattle colony within our domain politically, spiritually, traditionally and with any means available within the ambit of the law”