The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has berated South East governors for what it called a lack of discretion.
This was contained in a statement issued by Gidado Siddiki, the regional leader of the group, in Awka, the Anambra state capital. He said it was surprising that the governors, despite striking a peace accord between their members and farmers, turned down the creation of ranches in the region.
''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,'' he said.
The South-East Governors’ Forum had at a meeting in Enugu on Sunday unanimously agreed not to donate land for ranching in the zone.