By Nwangwu Uba
Audu Ogbeh, a former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, former minister of Agriculture and Rural Development may have left office but the problem he created with the call on the states to provide lands at the instance of the President for the establishment of Cattle colonies is far from being over.
This is because the north central , north west and the north east , geo-political regions , which are affected by the activities of the Miyetti Allah members are now beating the drum of war. Afenifere, the south-west socio-cultural organisation may have triggered off the trouble this time which appeared to have died down when they made it clear to the President that the region would not surrender an inch of its land for Ruga settlement for herdsmen
Recall that the APC government had repeated said that the Ruga settlement policy would end the postoralists and farmers frequent clashes across the country.
But Yinka Odumaki, a fone -time political ally of the President , and
Odumaki , who could not buy the government idea that it will would end the frequent clashes in the flash point states between herdsmen and farmers maintained that the government simply wants to carve out land in every Community throughout the country to give to the fulani herdsmen. He may have spoken the mind of the Yoruba leaders, when he said ”We reject the agenda. We will not accept it”.
The Afenifere image maker may have
The Yoruba leaders emotional
While Afenifere, a socio-cultural group in the south southwest and three-socio-cultural Organisations in Benue state, have declared their opposition to the Federal government Ruga settlement plan, the Midwest Movement , a pan socio-cultural organisation of the oil producing states of Edo and Delta in south-south geo-political region, have rejected the Ruga plan of the Federal governemnt outright , insisting that any plan to implement the policy without the people’s consent would be regarded as an invasion and would be resisted.
The position of the south east leaders on the Ruga settlement was very clear from the onset. They had opposed it. Nia Nwodo, President General, Ohneze Ndigbo, who has his feelings about
Nwodo may have spoken the mind of the Ibos when he said that the only option to ”address the killings of farmers across the country by fulani herdsmen remained the establishment of ranches in states that had land but not certainly in the south east.
An aggrieved Ohaneze President General disclosed that the government had planned to use a dishonest approach to achieve open grazing or his Cattle colony agenda which it failed to achieve through the 8th National Assembly under the leadership of then Bukola Saraki , President of the Senate and Yakubu Dogara, who was the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The duo were said to have blocked every moves to approve the law to establish Cattle Settlements across which the President did not finf funny. He hopes to achieve his plan in the 9th National Assembly having planted his loyalists in the leadership of the Assembly.
Ahmed Lawan, an indigene of Borno state and Buhari,
Note that that the former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the first to raise the alarm that there was
The fear in the minds of many was that ”now that the government is talking of increased local government autonomy, the plan may have been concluded to turn the Ruga settlements into seperate local governments to serve the herdsmen in the future to serve the interest of the herdsmen as obtained in Plateau and Kaduna states, the two states that had known peace in the recent time.