Members of Igede in Diaspora, a socio-cultural organization across the globe yesterday rejected the granting of a grazing land to Fulani Herdsmen by the Benue State Government.
‘’Let sleeping dogs lie. Once again, the Igede in Diaspora unequivocally resist the attempt to turn Igede to a grazing land. Let our land be; that's all that we have. Let our farmers be. We are the food basket, but we need land to produce food. There can be another solution, find it,” they said.
The position was made known in a statement made available to The AUTHORITY by the former president, Omi Ny'Igede Anambra/Delta State, Patrick Akobo Ulaka, who is a member of Igede in Diaspora, a socio-cultural organization encompassing many sons and daughters of Igede land from across the globe.
The statement read in part: ‘’The recent rumour, for we believe it must be mere rumour that, the Government of Benue state has delineated a large portion of Igede land as grazing land for the cattle of Fulani herdsmen is unacceptable and obvious of signature to the already existing subjugation, marginalization, political segregation and apparent intimidation of the Igede Nation which has literally become a tradition. In this matter, we ask, why Igede land? Of the three major ethnic groups in Benue state, Igede has the smallest land mass, why Igede Land?