Daily Post, Nigeria: Igbo Elders Forum has warned South-East governors against making land available for the establishment of cattle colonies in the region.
According to the elders, the proposed cattle colony is not only conservative, retrogressive, obnoxious but parasitic and anti-people.
They noted that with the current population density and constant pressure on the land in the South East which has resulted in many gully erosions in the area, no governor in the region has the moral right to give out any land for the proposed cattle colonies.
Briefing DAILY POST on the issue of the proposed cattle colonies, at the end of its emergency meeting yesterday, Co-chair of the group and two-time Federal Minister, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, said:
“Governors in Igboland are advised in their own interest not to give out any land for cattle colony as our people will vehemently resist it. The social media reports and some rumours making the round that a governor in Igbo land is contemplating donating 10,000 hectares of land for cattle colony had better remain at the realm of rumor mongering because Ndi-Igbo will resist any such undemocratic and unpopular action. It should be remembered that our people still practice shifting-cultivations; that a parcel of land is left to fallow does not mean it is unutilized.”