The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has expressed shock over the decision of the Southeast governors to turn down the request for ranching in the region.
In a statement issued by the South- East leader of the group, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, in Awka , Anambra State, the group disclosed their displeasure over such decision which they tagged as been lack of discretion.
“It was surprising to us considering the cordial relationship that had existed in the zone between us and the state governments.”
”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.
“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 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.
“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 its citizens.
By Augustine Akhilomen