Buhari: Cattle Colonies Not Meant to Colonise Any State

BUHARI MEETING CATHOLIC BISHOP. President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Dr. Ignatus Kaigama, SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha, National Chairman of All Progressive Congress, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and others Catholic Bishops after meeting with a delegation of Catholic Bishops held at the Council Chambers State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE
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Following the mounting resistance to the federal government’s proposal to establish cattle colonies as a panacea to the conflicts between herders of cattle and farmers that have led to several deaths in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday said that the proposal was not meant to colonise any part of the country as widely alleged.

Buhari also debunked allegations of bias levelled against him over his appointments since he assumed office almost three years ago, but again promised that he would take a second look at issues pertaining to the federal character principle when a compendium of all government appointments are eventually submitted to him.
Buhari made a similar promise late last year.

The president, who spoke on the cattle colonies and his appointments when he received members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama in the State House, Abuja, also explained that he had not deliberately marginalised any ethnic group in the country.

Instead, the president, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, explained that government’s intention with the proposed policy was only meant to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, pointing out that the proposal has been misconstrued as another form of colonisation.

The statement said Buhari expressed regret that what was conceived as a well-thought out policy, after wide consultations with stakeholders, had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.

It added that Buhari assured the Catholic bishops that the federal government would continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure that peace and stability prevail in restive areas.

Adesina also said Buhari condemned the recent spate of killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba and Zamfara States, pledging that security operatives would ensure that the perpetrators and all persons caught with illegal arms in the affected areas are prosecuted.

The president was quoted to have said: “The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and at home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest.

“At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian Army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.

“I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert.”
The statement added that Buhari told the Catholic bishops that he would not be tired of recounting the remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, the economy and the fight against corruption.

The president was confident that his government “has done very well in security in the North-east in comparison with what the situation was before we came in and what it is now”.

“On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for a bountiful harvest.

“People have taken advantage of the federal government policies and programmes to return to the farms and they have not regretted,” Buhari was quoted to have informed his audience, adding that government would be guided by the laws of the federation in the investigation and prosecution of all graft-related cases.
“People are being prosecuted systematically with evidence. If a permanent secretary has five houses in Abuja, two in Kaduna and one in Borno and Sokoto and he can’t account for the property and there are bank transactions linking him to the property, the prosecuting agencies will not have difficulties making progress on the case,” Buhari was further quoted.

According to the statement, Kaigama, in his remarks, pledged that the Catholic Church in Nigeria would continue to support the government of Buhari and make its contribution to nation-building through prayers, admonitions and assistance to needy Nigerians.

“As the voice of the people, we shall continue to highlight the plight of our people and play our prophetic role of sensitising the government, thus promoting good governance, national unity and cohesion,” Kaigama said.
He, however, admonished that the goodwill of the president was fast depleting because of failure on the part of his government.

Kaigama said as spiritual leaders, they have a moral responsibility to tell the president the truth.
The bishop said they work with the people at the grassroots and this gives them first-hand information about what they are going through.

“There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you as a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption,” the CBCN president said.

“Nearly three years later, however, one has this feeling that this goodwill is being depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have a moral responsibility to bring to your notice, else we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders.

“We work with the people at the grassroots and therefore have first-hand information about what they are going through,” he added.

Kaigama said there was too much poverty in the land, noting that it looked like the country was under siege of many negative forces appearing to be keeping a stranglehold on the population, especially the weaker and defenceless ones.

“Your Excellency, there is too much suffering in the country: poverty, hunger, insecurity, violence, fear… the list is endless,” he said.

“There is a feeling of hopelessness across the country. Our youths are restive and many of them have taken to hard drugs, cultism and other forms of violent crime, while many have become victims of human trafficking. The nation is nervous.

“Just as we seem to be gradually emerging from the dark tunnel of an economic recession that caused untold hardship to families and individuals, violent attacks by unscrupulous persons, among whom are terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, have led to near civil war situation in many parts of the country.

“We are saddened that, repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of livelihood mindlessly destroyed. Lives are wasted and property worth billions of naira, including places of worship, schools, hospitals and business enterprises are torched and turned to ashes.
“We are still more saddened by the recent massacre of unarmed citizens by these terrorists in some communities in Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba States which has caused national shock, grief and outcry.

“The silence of the federal government in the wake of these horrifying attacks is, to say the least, shocking. There is a feeling of helplessness among the people and the danger that some people may begin to take the law into their hands.

“We therefore earnestly urge the government to take very seriously its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens and ensure that such mindless killings do not reoccur. Herdsmen may be under pressure to save their livestock and economy but this is never to be done at the expense of other people’s lives and means of livelihood.

“We would like to add our voice to those of other well-meaning Nigerians who insist that a better alternative to open grazing should be sought rather than introducing ‘cattle colonies’ in the country.

“While thinking of how best to help cattle owners establish ranches, government should equally have plans to help the other farmers whose produce is essential for our survival as a nation,” he added.

Kaigama further noted that daredevil kidnappers that have had a field day, with a feeling of invincibility, must be made to understand that there is a government in the country.

“Government should invest more in equipping our police force with modern high-tech devices that will help them track down and arrest these criminals and make them face the wrath of the law,” he said.
Also on the federal character principle, Kaigama reminded the president of the relevant section of the Constitution that provides for the fair and even distribution of appointments and resources in the country.

“The federal character principle is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria: The government of the federation or any of it and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its agencies (Section 14, Sub-section 3-4).

“Disregard for this principle in some federal government appointments as well as the perceptible imbalance in the distribution of federal amenities has created the loss of a sense of belonging in many parts of the country, hence the constant cry of marginalisation, agitation for secession and calls for restructuring.

“These and many more such problems are, in our opinion, grave matters that should be worrying all political leaders in our country today, rather than any bid for re-election,” Kaigma stated.

State Police Gets Osinbajo’s Nod

Even as Buhari met with the clergy Thursday, the much-anticipated National Security Summit hosted by the Senate was convened in Abuja Thursday during which Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo threw his weight behind the creation of state police and community policing as a way of tackling rising insecurity in the country.

He equally said that the federal government’s failure to ensure security, which every Nigerian is entitled to, was not a deliberate act, but caused by the complex nature of the security challenges and the obstacles faced by security agencies in the discharge of their duties.

Osinbajo, in his address at the summit, listed some of the issues that had diminished the ability of the state to adequately secure its citizens to include an inadequate police force, inadequate funding of the security infrastructure, complexity of the security challenges, and the proliferation of small and light weapons magnified by the fall of the late Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

“For a country our size to meet the one policeman to 400 persons, according to the UN prescribed ratio, we would require almost triple the number of our current police force.

“Far more funding for the military and security agencies is required. We cannot police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go,” he said.

Osinbajo stressed that every Nigerian was entitled to adequate security from government for their lives and livelihoods.

“Government fails in that responsibility often, but I must say never deliberately. Every killing demeans us as a people. Every killing undermines the authority of the state.

“The failure to protect the lives of the innocent is inexcusable and we cannot rationalise and diminish that failure of the security apparatus of government in any way,” Osinbajo added.

Despite the challenges that have constrained the security agencies, they have performed creditably well, the vice-president maintained and listed the degrading of Boko Haram, arrests of criminal kingpins and others, among the successes.

The vice-president also defended his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been criticised as being slow in responding to the killings resulting from herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, because he is a Fulani man.

“In any event, the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes resulting in deaths have been on for at least two decades. I have worked with him for three years now and I do not know of any one issue that has given him more concern, on which he has spent more time on security issues, as this particular issue,” Osinbajo said.

He assured Nigerians that the executive was working in collaboration with several states to implement workable solutions to the constant clashes between farmers and herdsmen, and to work out plans for cattle breeding and cattle rearing that may include some temporary methods.

To this end, Osinbajo disclosed that about 13 states had agreed to allocate 5,000 hectares of lands for livestock production.

He, however, reiterated that land would not be taken forcefully to create ranches or grazing areas.
“All insinuations to that effect should be disregarded. Instead, it is our view that states that are willing should co-operate with willing investors to set up commercially viable and government-supported ranches or livestock production centres for commercial use,” he said.

He, however, stated that in several states, especially in the north, there were duly designated grazing zones and grazing reserves which had been degraded and left without pasture or water especially in the dry season.
The grazing routes leading to these reserves must also be secured, Osinbajo said, for the reserves to operate effectively and operate as ranches for livestock production centres on a commercial basis, with essential services to boost animal care.

Osinbajo cautioned against giving a religious or ethnic colouration to the herdsmen-farmers’ and other clashes across the country.

Speaking earlier, the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki called for the political will to tackle the level of insecurity ravaging Nigeria.

“I daresay the political will is what is required; and it is my hope that we shall marshal it as a legitimate instrument against this problem. Indeed, there is no reason why that should not be the case.

“This is not a summit to trade blame – in no way is this a blame game. Neither is it convened so that any person or entity can take credit. We just want solutions. Solutions only. That is all Nigerians require of us,” Saraki said.
He pledged the commitment of the National Assembly to work with the executive to tackle the hydra-headed monster of insecurity.

“The sharp increase in murderous violence over and above the relatively manageable level of insecurity that has plagued our country for some time jolted us out of any last vestiges of complacency or denial. There can be no denying the horrific reality in many parts of our country today.

“People who should be neighbours are turning on one another and taking up arms. These attacks and reprisals are an intolerable cycle of hell that must be broken.

“Killings, kidnappings, mayhem and general lawlessness cannot be the new normal. We must take this country back and restore order,” Saraki said.

Saraki also urged Nigerian leaders as well as the security agencies to stop playing politics and trading blame over the killings in the country.

He explained that no one organisation or arm of government can single-handedly tackle insecurity in the country, noting: “What our country needs at this time is leadership that will work to douse the flames and reduce tension in the land.

“It is essential that we lower the barriers in our actions and rhetoric, and refrain from playing politics with a crisis situation in which Nigerian lives are being lost tragically and needlessly on a regular basis.

“To the executive, I say this: you cannot do it alone – and this is why we are all here to join efforts. It is all hands on deck. No one person, organisation or arm of government can single-handedly tackle the hydra-headed monster of insecurity.

“The Constitution makes it clear that the safety of lives and property of citizens is the responsibility of government. We in government must therefore do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerians are safe from harm and their livelihoods and belongings protected.”

The first day of the two-day summit took place at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, and is aimed at providing solutions to the security challenges in Nigeria.

The summit brings together a wide spectrum of stakeholders including: political leaders, security policy makers, governors – who are chief security officers in their states, security and intelligence chiefs, key persons in the nation’s security architecture, regional and socio-cultural groups, traditional rulers, civil society organisations (CSOs) and others.
It continues on Monday.

Nigerian Air Force Base

Meanwhile, with the Nigerian military intensifying efforts to end the spate of killing in some states in the Middle Belt region, where herdsmen and farmers’ clashes have continued unabated, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Thursday said it will soon establish an operational base around the Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba axis.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated this during a public lecture at the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja.

Abubakar spoke on the plan when he delivered a lecture to participants of NDC Course 26.
Participants of the course were drawn from senior officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and those of sister African countries, senior officials of other security agencies in Nigeria as well as those of the ministries, departments and agencies of government.

Elaborating on the base, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the plan by the air force is to establish a Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Taraba State as part of plans to further tackle the incessant conflicts in the Middle Belt.

The lecture afforded the CAS the opportunity to share his thoughts with the participants on how the National Defence Policy prescribes the way NAF should be employed.

NAF had earlier announced plans to establish FOBs in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States as part of its commitment to combat emerging security challenges in those parts of the country.

  • Nnaemeka Odo

    The likes of Femi Adesina who go about telling lies in defense of the indefensible should be ashamed of themselves.

  • tobias

    We don’t doubt your sincerity. Just do it in states of origin of the cattle owners. No long attempt at proving your sincerity.

  • Tj

    Buhari listen and listen Good, we don’t want cattle colonies… U northerners have a lot of land in the north, u can use them for cattle colony. As for south, we don’t want it. lie lie…we are not children, go and islamize ur life and your generations. We don’t want that terrorist religion. Get that into your empty skull.

  • Augustine

    Only fools think cow colony means Fulani colonization of other tribes lands. Come try nonsense colonization for Yoruba Land if omo onile, OPC and Agbekoya will not use ya head make suya. Grazing reserve is to control herdsmen and box them into one tight corner for police/ vigilante control and secure all Nigerian towns. We just like to think like olodo in this country.

    Let Buhari order all herdsmen back to state of origin, let all Nigerians who want to eat cow meat travel 500 kilometers to but beef, shaki, pomo, etc. Na dat time our blocked brain go open. Lazy people who cannot farm or raise cattle, they want cheap meat but dont want to see meat seller.

    Oyo state and Lagos, we Yorubas have big business with butcher trade, meat selling is big trade for us, let us send the herdsmen away for one year and we can then think clearly if we want to rent out land for them to graze cow in our states that cannot produce meat, especially those Igbos who cannot do agric, they want to open shop sell jeans and pants, too lazy to form their own Igbo cattle rearing business in Igbo land.

    Nobody can colonize us with cow colony, each state governor signs C of O by land use act 1979 and that makes each tribe the final owner of their lands in all 774 local governments. State police is good for us, but governors will abuse the power and use state police to oppress political opponents and rule us like kings above the law.

    • Judith

      You are sounding very ‘tribal’ in your outburst, but i will engage you. You accuse the ibo’s of not being able to farm. How did you come about that? You say they are lazy and can only sell ‘dress and pant’. Don’t you buy the dress and pant they sell? To call the ibo lazy is a serious untruth. I am sure when you wrote this your sole intention was just to abuse your perceived enemy. You say Lagos and Oyo have big butcher businesses, why can’t they rear their own cows??? You say NOBODY can colonize Yoruba land, you also quote the Land Use Act. Bravo! Two notable Yoruba elders have had their land attacked by cattle herders. One of them has been attacked year after year to the detriment of his food crop. You quote Law abi??? Has ANYONE been arrested for those crimes committed in the name of feeding cattle??? I mentioned two NOTABLE Yoruba elders. What about the Yoruba’s that have been attacked that are not so notable??? This country is now very unstable and people are pretending not to see because it suits them. My only prayer is that Nigeria should not deteriorate to a situation where blood flows freely everyday without consequences for those shedding it. It is not by force we eat beef. It is not by force we give up our land to rear beef. Nothing in a democracy is by force, especially when cattle rearing is a PRIVATE business that anybody can engage in.

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    Kaigama truthful and brilliant speech isn’t only what has made me glad but more importantly the consensus of opinions bout Buhari’s failing satanic project of conquering people for cows. What an incarnate of Lucifer he is!

  • kalu9909

    Thank you Bishop Kaigama. I am very impressed the way you marshaled out your thoughts and poured it out before the president, who thinks that he knows it all, thinking that no one could come before him and tell him the truth. The Bishops of the Catholic Church have made me proud. They have used diplomacy to tell Buhari the simplest truth that he has failed the nation, and even himself. The have used diplomacy to tell Buhari that the herdsmen are terrorists. The have used diplomacy to enjoin Buhari not to contest the 2019 election because he has failed in his duties. The Bishops used diplomacy to tell Buhari that his government has failed in all fronts. What a wonderful outpouring of the truth about Nigeria, Buhari and APC government. They said exactly what OBJ said but in a different way that would not generate controversy. There is nothing Obj said that these bishops did not say. Those still defending the rudderless government of Buhari and APC should listen to what these clergymen has told Buhari in Aso Rock. They did not mins words. President Buhari has failed himself and his family.

  • Toby

    When the British missionaries were coming, Africans had no hint that they will become colonised. Analog Nigerian president. Please, just Go!

    • Augustine

      You need proper education on economics and law…land use decree 1978, go read it, then study economics of comparative product advantage. You are too academically empty. Sorry, no offence intended sir,

      • Toby

        And your president and fulani herdsmen are academically full? Sorry, no offence intended ma.

        • Augustine

          🏙️ I dont defend Buhari or herdsmen. What I am against is that you people are blind to the fact that 99% of us Nigerians are bad people, how come 1960-2015 we are still complaining about bad leadership and bad workers in government position from corrupt gate man that wants egunje to big man director that wants to loot us dry and buy 100 cars 20 houses?
          🏘️🏘️ You forget the VP Osinbajo has LLB, LLM, BL degrees plus professor of law, ans Buhari is graduate of American army war college USAWC Pennsylvanalia
          🏔️You people only know how to complain, you dont really understand the root of Nigeria’s problem, that is why all of you shout criticism but never have idea of solution to our evil as Nigerians, 99% of us are criminal minded at different levels.

      • Judith

        I think you are missing his point. When the ‘white man’ came to Africa they disguised their intentions as friendly and managed to colonize us because we were foolishly generous and greedy. Apply this to ‘Cattle settlements’ in EVERY State of Nigeria. Guise- selling cows without destroying peoples farmland. Beginning of COLONIZATION??? – GIVE them land so they will not destroy our farm land. When you give them that sizeable chunk of land, it becomes theirs to do as they wish. Their life style alone will swallow up any State in under 4 years. How? The men bring their women. They are entitled to FOUR wives EACH. The women give birth to as many children as they like, competing with each other, and because of course, Allah will provide. The land you GAVE them become TOO SMALL for them, so they spill out into the land that wasn’t given to them. Usually taking it by killing innocent men, women and children. Meanwhile, the ‘Government’, made up of their kith and kin turns a blind eye, REFUSING to protect land owner uprooted in this way….I don’t think anyone needs a lessons in law, economics or history to understand what is happening right under our noses. Because it is not happening to you, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Accepting permanent cattle settlements is the beginning of CONQUEST of the SOUTH.

        • Augustine

          ⛪🕌You are among the brainwashed Nigerians deceived to believe Fulani is our problem
          😈 Yoruba Badoo cult crushing human head with omori odo, killing, raping our women in Ikorodu, are they Fulani?
          👹 Ijaw militants robbing, killing, kidnapping us in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, are they Fulani?
          👽Majority of Nigerians have been blindfolded deceived with lies and speculative assumptions of evil Fulani, but until all Nigerians fight against all evils in all 371 tribes, Nigeria will continue to be hell fire on earth and all of us will suffer together.

          • Judith

            Still missing the point. Colonisation of the SOUTH is a big problem for southern Nigeria right now. You are entitled to see it as you wish though you sound more brainwashed than everyone you are calling brainwashed .

          • Augustine

            🇳🇬📖📜 You never read land use decree 1978, also you dont know we south and middle belt christians control 80% of Nigerian military that enforces land use act 1979
            🕋🌙Jihadi Fulani colonization by cow grazing is fake news that PDP will sell to ignorant Nigerian. Education will free you, but going tp school is not complete education, go study Nigeria and the root of our endless problems 1960-2018….that is the special education UNILAG and Ibadan Poly cannot give you o! 💽🖥️💻

          • Judith

            Well done, na only you know book – but I fear which book you are ‘knowing’ it from. As i said you are entitled to your own opinion so knock yourself out!

          • Augustine

            〽️〽️99% of Nigerians are too lazy to sit nyash on chair to study 12 hours per day digging up to know roots of Nigeria’s chronic problems 1953 Awo vs Zik vs Bello era till 2018 today, so they cannot know the solutions
            ⚜️🔰People find it easy to complain and criticize Buhari & Osinbajo, but ask those people to suggest practical solutions to our deep problems, they have ZERO idea….big mouth small brains full everywhere from Yoruba to Igbo to Fulani to Ijaw to Hausa…olodo full every town in Naija

      • Samuel Okezie

        Yes ooooooo. Prof. All this studies before person go discuss suya. Make over sabi no go kill u.

      • tobias

        Augustine, what about the land use decree?

        • Augustine

          📚📓Land use decree 1978, or Land use act 1979 is the law for all lands in Nigeria, no Fulani can own your land unless you willingly sell to him and your own tribe must agree via governor’s consent to legal land title transfer
          🐂🐄🐃Those Nigerians saying cattle colony means new Jihadi style Fulani colonization of we the south and middle belt, those critics are illiterates at law, any Fulani that challenges Nigerian law will die by army bullet, we christians from south and middle belt make up 80% of Nigerian military, our Nigerian people are just ignorant and deceived with lies from PDP that wants to come back and loot public treasury again in 2019

          • tobias

            so why do you resort to abuse when people say they are not ready to part with their lands willingly or unwillingly for any cattle colony purpose. and for your information the land use decree is not about people transacting land business of their own freewill but about government forcefully taking people’s ancestral lands in the name of overriding public interest. The way you come across is like you are the one that drafted that decree and you know the letter and spirit of that decree in and out.

          • Augustine

            🎹🚮 I dont abuse people, not agreeing with others and telling them to their faces that they are poorly educated poorly informed and brainwashed by political agents of hate, bigotry, tribalism in Nigeria, is not an insult, its statement of truth thats why it tastes bitter
            ⚠️🚼Spirit & letter of lan use decree ’78 is clear if you remember it was law made by my fellow Yoruba christian military OBJ
            ↕️☣️⚛️ Is your state governor a fool to give his tribe’s ancestral land to Fulani to colonize? Does cow herdsmen paying rent on your land the owner? Do you become owner of your rented 3 bedroom flat by paying yearly rent to the landlord? If your governor betrays you with cattle colony, please impeach him and replace him, stop tearing the country to pieces instead of solving the problems
            ♻️☯️♻️ Oil export business is going down worldwide, una never join ya 180 million heads together to think solution, worse problem than cow + grass argument is coming to torment we Nigerians
            ⭕❌⭕Yet we are fools who think cow seller vs farmer is main our problem. Worse wahala is ahead, better we wise up sharp sharp o!

          • tobias

            ok Austin, thanks. i am done with you.

  • Ify Onabu

    Someone should tell this Mullah that no cattle colonies are allowed in any part of Southern Nigeria. I guess my people from the Middle Belt should speak for themselves. There is enough land and grass in Sambissa forest; let the Fulani herdsmen settle there with their cattle. So the argument is not whether or not the colonies are meant to ‘colonise’ any state. Buhari should listen and not think that states in the South will give up their opposition to cattle colonies. That is not going to happen. Period! Secondly, Prof Osinbajo should be clear enough on the states that have ‘agreed’ or coerced to provide hectares of land for ‘cattle ranching’. If that includes Imo state, then the people of Imo must take the laws into their hands. Happily, the Governor of Delta State has told them in clear terms that there is no land in Delta state for any cattle colony. Our environment is already suffering from degradation by reason of oil exploration and oil spills. There is no land left in Delta State for any kind of ‘colony’ or any kind of ‘ranching’. This deception must stop.

    • Augustine

      Liar, na people like you with pot belle chop cow meat pass. Plus shaki, pomo, bokoto, liver and cow skin. Lazy man, you too should go farm and stop depending on food from the north.

      • Toby

        Working hard for your money today.

        • Augustine

          I wont sell my conscience to PDP or APC for naira & kobo. Not all Nigerians can be bought and sold. Na de true tins I talk dey pain u for bodi 😛😜😝

      • Nnaemeka Odo

        Your comments in this forum betrays the shallowness of your thought process.

        • Augustine

          😀😁😀You did not read my comment on land use act 1979, if you can defeat my technical argument, I will agree that me and all my forefathers have shallow thinking faculty

    • Judith

      Well said. He who has ears, let him hear. He who agrees to the colonies, does so at his own peril. The height of all this is that they are all IMPORTING GRASS for these cows!!!

  • ayo

    So this is why you created the chaos….!!

  • udofiapeter

    President should think binary and lay aside slothful approach of doing government business

  • Communicado

    And you would tell us if the agenda is to colonize the nation ! PMB we don wake up ! The cat is out of the bag !!!

    • Augustine

      Agent of PDP looters, we hear you as usual. No new story, same old propaganda. Why did your masters not solve Nigeria’s problems after 16 years in Aso Rock? Enemies of progress!

  • remm ieet

    If you want to breed cows be sure to set aside a land for the purpose. Instead of cattle colonies let us build ranches, and livestock farmers can buy from business people at fertile grasslands. That is a good form of economic diversification. Moving cows from place to place is a relic.

  • Mystic mallam

    So the President is still peddling the idea of cattle colonies as ”well thought out policy after consultations with stakeholders”. We are all stakeholders in the security of our lives and livelihoods being threatened and assaulted daily by herdsmen, and I can’t recall when we were consulted to buy into this ”well thought out” policy of cow colonies. His assurances of not intending to colonise anyone sounds pretty hollow. We all know that the road to perdition is often paved with good intentions. Where in Nigeria have Fulani cattlemen ever settled and not colonise it? Government assistance to cattle owners to establish ranches in properly acquired land is a good thing, usurping land, or coercing communities to give up their land for cattle colonies will set Nigeria on the course of extinction.

    • Augustine

      I thought your own level of education should surpass that of ignorant folks commenting here. What is colonization defined? What is land use act 1979? Now don’t let me waste intellectual energy on a biased mind, you won’t bend to reason, no matter how factual. Can you suggest solutions to Nigeria’s myriad of problems? All you sabi na constant criticism? How market na, chief?