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Ohanaeze calls on Igbo to reject grazing colonies

 …Says, ‘It’ll amount to internal colonisation’

Chidi Nnadi, Enugu

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on the people of the South East region of the country to rise up to reject vehemently the proposed grazing colonies.

The President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State chapter, Chief Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, who made the call in a statement issued, in Enugu, on Tuesday night, called on “governors of all Southeast states, our senators, members of House of Representatives, members of the state Houses of Assembly in the Southeast, the traditional Institutions and other major stakeholders and indeed the entire Igbo nation to rise up against any form of internal colonization under any guise.”

Ohanaeze advised the Federal Government to instead initiate urgent processes towards the restructuring of Nigeria along the lines of true fiscal federalism rather than toying with the bizarre idea of grazing colonies.

“We hereby state without fear of contradiction that establishment of grazing colonies is not the answer to restructuring Nigeria, an option which Ohanaeze is committed and disposed to.

“We are not unmindful of the palpable fears in many quarters, within and outside Nigeria, that there is a grand plot to impose a certain faith upon our people. Much as we will continue to work for and believe in the unity of Nigeria, our people will resist any move aimed at sacrificing us at the altar of that unity.

“Government should, therefore, refrain from initiatives that would tend to give credence to the alleged agenda of faith imposition,” Ogbonnia advised.

He noted that any attempt by the Federal Government to carry out the policy would amount to usurpation of the people’s right to existence and would thus be vehemently resisted by Ndigbo.

“God Himself frowns at this kind of policy. According to the law of God, ‘If anyone grazes their livestock in a field or vineyard and lets those animals stray and graze in someone else’s field, the offender must make restitution from the best of his own field or vineyard,” he quoted Exodus 22:5 as saying.

Ogbonnia also urged the Enugu State government, the state House of Assembly and other institutions in the state “to resist in the strongest terms the concession of any part of Enugu State for the purpose of creating grazing colonies for the Fulani herdsmen.”

Giving reasons for the Ohanaeze action, the state president said: “That the initiative is merely a more monstrous reincarnation of the dubious National Grazing Reserve Bill, which seeks to establish a National Grazing Reserve Commission that will acquire, hold, lease or dispose of any property, moveable or immovable for the purpose of carrying out its function.

“That this initiative amounts to internal colonisation of our political space basically because we cannot even challenge such unilateral acquisition in any law court in Nigeria without obtaining a leave or consent of the Attorney General of the Federation.

“That grazing colonies simply means a forceful takeover of people’s ancestral lands and assigning same to Fulani herdsmen who shall use the land for grazing purposes.

“That this initiative amounts to a deliberate attempt by the government to take over our lands and hand over to Fulani herdsmen whose economy is anchored on cattle rearing.

“That Igbo economy, especially in terms of agriculture and other forms of development, is at risk on account of this initiative.

“That this amounts also to enacting a law that would be preferential and advantageous to one ethnic group at the expense and detriment of other component parts of Nigeria, especially Ndigbo.

“That the reasons given by the Federal Government to justify this action are vague, preposterous and, therefore, totally unacceptable to the good people of Enugu State and Ndigbo in general,” the statement read.

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  1. myke oghene 17th January 2018 at 10:56 am

    The Presidents palsy-walsy relationship with the christian some Muslim components of the country is adumbrated in his reticence, fulsome imperturbability and ossified antipathy for restructuring and his covet exhilarity cum inebriety over the killings by his fulani militia kinsmen. It is palpable that the concept of colony was hatched in the presidency evocative of the fulani conquest of the Northern Nigeria and forceful impositions on the indigenous people. It will be an in-curative naivety, psychosomatic-enfeeblement, incurable buffoonery and malevolent idiocy for any governor, Assembly members, traditional leaders etc in the south and the middle-belt to accede to colony of whatever guise or grazing reserve. Irrefutably, Nigerian fulanis under their chief herder Buhari are playing a script. Non -fulani Nigerians must shine their eyes. we must not be oblivious of the fact that Buhari hungered for presidency for many years and his threat during the election try when he said “………jini, bili jini”. Nigerians must resist Fulani neo-colonization.

  2. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 17th January 2018 at 11:57 am

    All the move from the Fulani’s Northern political cabals, is to ensure that they impose their evil colonization intentions in other parts of NIGERIA, through the President Buhari’s administration, especialy before his tensure expires!

    The first move was in 2016, immidiately after the senseless and heartless killings by the Fulani’s herdsmen deadliest activities in Agatu Benue State, and they failed woefully with vehement resistance on their evil subtly supponsored “Grazing Bills” accross the country, and currently renamed “Colony”, and subtle Northern political cabals name for colonization!

    The same strategy is on subtle motion again with a rebaptized “Colony” of whatever, in order words, it is further subtle attempt to colonize every part of NIGERIA with Fulani’s herdsmen, especialy through their deadilest terrorists activities. This is pure evil in the hearts of Godless and heartless Northern political cabals against other NIGERIANS accross the country!

    This is why, they struck on 1st of January 2018 in Benue State, just to create serious tension at the beginning of the year, as they exactly did in 2016, so as to further push their subtle evil rebaptized agenda, and they will fail more woefully than ever!

    God Almighty of the Heaven and Earth, and of the whole Universe, will surely frustrate all their evil intentions of Islamizing/colonizating other NIGERIANS!

    NIGERIANS of all tribes and cultures must not accept any move of colonization by the Fulani’s herdsmen, as being Politically and Religiously supponsored by the Fulani Northern political cabals.

    It must not be allowed to happen in any part of NIGERIA in this life or in eternity to come!

    May God forbid it for eternity!

  3. Tony 17th January 2018 at 12:10 pm

    The foreigners the northerners claim are carrying out these murderous attacks nationwide are the same people they bring into Nigeria during elections for singular purpose of rigging the southern nigeria out. Instead of getting the culprits arrested and punished this brood of terrorists is talking of COLONIES.
    No inch of our holy land will be given to these terrorists.

  4. Agha Egwu 17th January 2018 at 5:07 pm

    These fulanis should rear the cows in their respective states or better still in the North and leave the South out of it,period .

  5. Agha Egwu 17th January 2018 at 5:09 pm

    These fulanis should rear the cows in their respective states or better still in the North and leave the South out of it,period.
    This is another act of lawlessness on the South.

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