The three main socio-cultural organisations in Benue State have rejected the Federal Government’s proposal to set up cattle ranches which has a 10-year plan and estimated to gulp N179bn.
A statement signed yesterday by Engr. Edward Ujege for Mdzough U Tiv; Barr. Amali Adoya Amali for Idoma National Forum; and Chief Ode Enyi for Ominy’Igede, said it viewed the move by the federal government as a plot to grab Benue’s land for herdsmen.
“While we appreciate the position of the Federal Government to accept ranching as the global best method of animal’s husbandry, which has been our position in Benue State, we reject the idea by the FG to use public funds to construct ranches for a private business of cattle rearing.
“There is a law on Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment enacted by the Benue State government and the law makes explicit provisions for those interested in the business of rearing cattle to come forward, acquire land and build ranches,” the group stated.
The forum of Mdzough U Tiv (MUT), Idoma National Forum (INF) and Omi Ny’Igede reiterated its call on the federal government to arrest and prosecute the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for their complicity in the Benue killings. “If these people are not arrested and interrogated for threatening to invade our communities and carrying out their threats, we will continue to treat both the Federal Government and our killers as one,” the statement posited