A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has faulted the statement credited to Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina on cattle ranching.
Adesina while speaking on AIT morning programme charged those against the administration’s programmes on cattle ranching for herdsmen to have a rethink, noting that they were better off living with the ranches and colonies than dying through the persisting conflicts.
Reacting to Adesina’s statement in Abuja while speaking with newsmen, Onuesoke stated that Adesina’s utterance showed that the Presidency had lost faith in the ability of our security agents to put an end to the menace of herdsmen. The statement according him, will ignite more crises as it will indirectly embolden the herdsmen to continue encroaching on peoples’ land not minding the consequences.
His words: “I am speechless. Imagine! The man just said it bluntly without respect even to hundreds of lives that have been wasted by these land grabbers. Before, they said the perpetrators were foreigners. Last week they said it was the opposition. Now they have agreed it was herdsmen who want our lands. And APC is now telling us to surrender our lands or we die. I suspect Adesina must have made this statement out of error,” Onuesoke argued. He wondered why the Federal Government was so much interested about building cattle colony all around Nigeria instead of the northern part of the country that has enough land.
Onuesoke suggested that cattle rearing being a private business should be left for the cattle owners to purchase land and ranch their cattle instead of encouraging them to encroach on peoples’ land which will in future escalate the present crisis.