The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has rejected the suggestion made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, that the solution to frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers is to establish cattle colonies in the country.
The party said it was against such a move, describing it as a strange system to Nigeria.
APDA instead called on the federal government to encourage cattle rearers to establish cattle ranches or grazing reserves which is an economically viable project.
The National Chairman of the party, Malam Mohammed Shittu, gave the advice at the APDA “Young Leaders Forum’s 2018’’dinner on Monday night in Abuja.
Shittu said until genuine solutions devoid of ethnicity, religion and political interest was arrived at, there might not be solution to the killings in Benue, Taraba and other states where the unnecessary killings were happening.
“Our constitution does not recognise cattle colony, it recognises cattle ranches and cattle grazing reserves.
“When you are talking about cattle colony, are you talking of where cattle meats are being sold?
“We believe that the establishment of cattle ranches or grazing reserves is an economically viable project that can generate millions of jobs and income for Nigerians and the country. But when you talk of cattle colony, we in APDA reject it. We support cattle ranches and grazing,’’ Shittu said.
Shittu, who commended members of the leaders forum, expressed optimism that their efforts would boost APDA’s chances in future elections, especially in the 2019 general election.
“For young Nigerians to make up their minds and start bringing in their resources and talents to support ADPA means a lot.
“Unlike old days when youths wait for politicians to bring money, we can see what these young men have done with their resources and talents to support the party,’’ he said.
The National Coordinator of the APDA Young Leaders Forum, Mr. Austin Ufoma, described the forum as a group of young experts from different sectors and professions across the country.
He said the goal of the forum was to give the necessary support to APDA and its candidates in any election.