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Existential Threat: Abia Rejects Tinubu’s Push for Land Allocation to Fulani Herders

The President-General of Ahuwa Oboro ancient kingdom in Abia State, James Uchegbuo, has firmly stated his community’s stance against allocating land for cattle rearing. Uchegbuo stated the potential threat to lives and agricultural productivity posed by allowing herders to encroach on their land. His remarks come in response to Federal  Government,s suggestion for governors to provide land for fulani herders to curb crop destruction and enhance food security.

In an interview with news men, Uchegbuo noted the scarcity of arable land in the South East, making it impractical to allocate land for cattle grazing. He expressed concerns that such a move could exacerbate existing tensions between farmers and herders, citing instances of land grabbing and violence in other parts of the country. Uchegbuo asserted that cattle rearing is a private enterprise and urged government support for small-scale farmers instead.

Rejecting the notion that FG,s proposal is viable, Uchegbuo hinted on the importance of prioritizing the security and livelihoods of his community over accommodating Fulani herders. He called on authorities to invest in agricultural infrastructure and provide financial assistance to genuine farmers nationwide.

Additionally, he advocated for increased agricultural development projects in the South East, citing historical neglect of the region in previous agricultural policies.

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