ABIA state government led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has rejected the plan by the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to set up cattle colonies across Nigeria for Fulani herdsmen.
Enyinnaya Appolos, chief press secretary to Ikpeazu, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that Abia State will not cede any part of her territory to Fulani herdsmen as colony for cattle.
According to Governor Ikpeazu: “we reject any plan to establish cattle colonies for herdsmen in Abia State. We don’t have enough land for our agricultural activities and our people want more land.”
According to him, giving away any part of Abia land as a colony to herdsmen, wherever they may be from will be most unjust and unfair treatment to Abia State and her people who are largely farmers.
He said that “such alien land occupation will also cause unrest and crisis that may grow beyond what we can handle when it happens so the best thing I think we should do is to reject such plans so that those behind it will know that Abia is not party to it.”
– Jan. 13, 2018 @ 10: 59 GMT /