Herdsmen & Cows Harassing Pupils in Edo State.

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has criticised the decision of the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies across the country. He also said the State has no land big enough to be donated out to cattle colony.

Okowa stated this in Abuja that the pragmatic approach his administration had adopted by appointing a Fulani man as his Special Assistant and the constant interaction with the Hausa community had helped to reduced tension in the State.

Also, the Niger Delta leaders under the auspices of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), have also said, “there is no land in the region that would be released for the proposed cattle colony”.

Herdsmen & Cows on a Major Street in Abuja

PANDEF, made the remark last Thursday, at a meeting held at the Kiagbodo country-home of its leader, Chief Edwin Clark in Burutu, Delta State. It also said in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Chief Clark, that the Buhari led administration should treat the business of animal husbandry in the country as a commercial activity.

The communique made available to journalists read: “We have rejected the idea of setting up cattle colonies around the country and advised the Federal Government to handle this sensitive matter with tact and treat the issue of animal husbandry as a commercial transaction which should be left in the hands of relevant stakeholders”.

It however concluded, that “no Niger-Delta land will be available for such cattle colonies”. Just as a group in the Niger-Delta region, Voice of Freedom Network, through its spokesperson, Comrade Victor Adaka, has condemned a member of the House of Representatives, Aishatu Dukku, who was quoted as saying, Fulani herdsmen were created to value the lives of their cattle more than human life, describing the lawmaker’s position as “an insult to the human race”.

Herdsmen & Cows invade Local govt Secretariat in Abia State.

Still on how the issue of cattle colonies should be handled, the Lagos Elders Council, in a statement by its General Secretary, Chief Sunbo Onitiri, said the move to establish cattle colonies for private business will not work in Lagos State. The move was described as “a way to create confusion and misunderstanding between state governments which hold land in trust for their people and the federal government in future”.

The elders wondered why such suggestion was being made by the federal government in favour of Fulani herdsmen who have been blamed for attacks on pastoral farmers across the country.

In the same vein, the Catholic Bishops of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province, comprising of the Archdiocese of Lagos and the Dioceses of Ijebu Ode and Abeokuta, has said the issue of cattle colonies “is not only capable of further exacerbating an already tensed atmosphere but also leave one with the impression that the much-touted Islamisation agenda of Nigeria is an ongoing project that may have tacitly received the approval of Mr. President”.