The South East Governors Forum in its recent reaction to the planned Federal Government Ruga Fulani Settlement said that no Igbo land is available, but the zone is willing to give grass to herdsmen in exchange for meat.
The zone had repeatedly rejected the establishment of the Ruga settlement on its land. Naija Buzz News recently published the reaction of the apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to the Federal Government intention.
The statement was issued by the Chairman of the SE Governors Forum, Mr. David Umahi (the Governor of Ebonyi State).
He vehemently denied plan to establish Ruga settlements anywhere in the South-East, saying there was no land for that purpose.
“The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the South-East and sell us as meat while they will load the grass which are grown here in the same trailer with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve which should be made comfortable for them,” Governor Umahi said in a statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor.
“With this proposed deal, herdsmen are expected to embrace anti-open grazing by returning to the ranches in the north and do their business on the trade-by-barter basis of selling cows to the south and buying grass to feed their cows in the north,” he added.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.