Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kanoye has raised alarm over comments credited to the he South-East leader of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, threatening to take Igbo land by force if the region is not given up peacefully for cattle grazing.
Fani-Kayode quoted Alhaji Siddiki of admitting that Southern grass was sweeter for their cows than northern grass and would employ force if need be, to ensure they keep grazing in the south.
FFK allayed cautioned the southern region to be on high alert in a series of post he made on social networking site, twitter.
“Southern grass is sweeter for our cows than notthern grass! Since the Igbos are claiming to be stubborn and they refuse to give us their land in peace it will be taken by force. The entire SE will be raided and taken over by herdsmen. The SE will boil any moment from now.
“It is an insult that the Igbo do not value anything that has to do with cow, only their business and money and yet they eat cow meat.”- Siddika Gidado, Miyetti Allah. May God save and deliver the south from these bloodthirsty barbarians and savage terrorists!” He tweeted.
"…It is an insult that the Igbo do not value anything that has to do with cow, only their business and money and yet they eat cow meat."- Siddika Gidado, Miyetti Allah.
May God save and deliver the south from these bloodthirsty barbarians and savage terrorists!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 4, 2019
Meanwhile in Abia state, chairman of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Hassan Buba, the Abia state is lobbying for land for grazing activities by the association members.
He has reached out to the Governor of the state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu through an interview with reporters in Umuahia, the state capital, on Tuesday and asked that the Ikpeazu-led administration should consider giving them some plots of land so that they can carry out their grazing peacefully without going into people’s farms.
The herdsmen’s leader, who spoke through the Secretary of the group, Abubaka Buba, hailed the existing peace between them and people of the state.
Buba said, “Apart from the request for some parcel of land, we will also need government assistance in the purchase of medicine and feed for their cattle, so that they won’t have any reason in entering people’s farmland for the search of feed.
“We are also soliciting support to the governor, promising to maintain the peace between the state, its citizens and herders in Abia.”