Wednesday 24th May, 2017
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Igede people in Diaspora reject special grazing land for herdsmen

Igede people in Diaspora reject special grazing land for herdsmen

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?

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