Traditional Rulers in Anambra state have urged the Federal Government to establish cattle ranches for Fulani herdsmen in their various areas to avoid clashes and subsequent killing and destruction of farm lands in Nigerian communities, especially in the South-East geo-political zone.
In separate interviews, the royal fathers called for the arrest of those who engage in wanton destruction of some communities where many were killed, maimed, women raped and homes burnt down, and leaving many to become refugees.
The traditional ruler of Nibo, His Royal Majesty, Eze Michael Chukwuemeka Ngene who spoke at his Nibo residence yesterday, blamed the Federal Government for paying lip service to the situation, just as he urged that security agencies arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly acts in Igboland.
He said, “The group has a tacit support from the government at the National level”, as he queried the rationale behind their being armed with AK-47 rifles and who armed them.
He noted that the state Traditional Rulers Council has discussed the matter extensively and is expected to take far reaching decisions on it.
The royal father announced the presence of the sect at Nibo, Isiagu where their cattle destroyed some economic crops and built camps, as well as at Ifite Dunu, adding that youths at Nibo chased them away from the community.
He wondered why the National Assembly should debate on giving them grazing rights in any part of the country, suggesting that in the United State of America, grazing grounds are negotiated and cattle confined to localities.
Also speaking, The Traditional Ruler of Enugu-Ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpe accused Nigerian leaders of insincerity, saying that they are not telling people the truth on the matter.
Ekpe who also spoke in his palace at Enugwu-Ukwu after his meeting with a Fulani leader, Sarikin Alhaji Gidado said the proposed arrangement to establish grazing routes to the cattle herdsmen is a great injustice to the host communities and never heard of in any civilized society.
He wondered why a group of individuals will be given the right to illegally trespass people’s farmlands with their cattle destroying people’s crops, and the intruders ready to kill if challenged.
Igwe Ekpe noted, “In Igbo land, nobody is allowed to leave his animals to stray into people’s farmlands, how much more destroying their farmlands with impunity.
“In developed countries, individuals or groups are allowed to establish their ranches and farmlands and take full responsibility for the feeding of their animals”.
He warned that if the menace of the Fulani herdmen are allowed to continue, it may become worse than the Boko Haram, and may lead to civil war in Nigeria.
He therefore called on the federal Government to arrest the situation by directing the cattle rearers to adopt the international best practice of buying their cattle ranches if they want to continue in their business.

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