Southeast governors have been given a big knock for rejecting to donate land for ranching.
Criticising the governors, the South East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said it was surprised by the announcement of the South East Governors last weekend in Enugu, after its meeting, where they agreed that no part of the zone would be ceded to cattle breeders for ranching.
MACBAN said its surprise stemmed from the existing cordial relationship between the people of the south east and themselves, which it said does not warrant such outright rejection.
A press statement signed by the South East leader of the group, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, and made available to journalists in Awka, Anambra State, conveyed its surprise.
Siddiki said Miyetti Allah has consistently appreciated the commitment of the southeast governors in ensuring their safety, and harmonious coexistence with their host.
According to Siddiki, “It is evident that our organisation’s advocacy for peaceful coexistence among indigenous farmers and herdsmen is increasingly making successes in the South East.
“This explains our surprise at the latest stand of the Governors, which, if implemented, would not only frustrate our people from carrying out our legitimate livestock rearing business in this part, but might be suggestive of a kind of suspicion that might undermine the mutuality of the claim of brotherhood.
The group further said; “We are mindful of the various negotiations and consultations still going on in respect of the contentious issues of ranching, colonies and grazing areas across the country, we are hopeful that these issues are considered dispassionately in the interest of Nigeria and the generality of it’s citizens.
“We of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders of Nigeria, south east zone, consequent upon the existing understanding we enjoy with our hosts, and in response to the latest stand by the south east Governors forum, wish to reaffirm our confidence in the capacity of our host governors to encourage the growth of our legitimate trade in their geo political zone.
“It is a very trying period in the history of Nigeria and it is our candid view that the south east whose citizens are the major bonding elements among the people of Nigeria, would provide exemplary leadership in accommodating other Nigerians in their midst, in so far such persons are legitimately engaged in their economic pursuits,” it said.