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Herdsmen crisis: Anarchy looming in Nigeria, warns CAN

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By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
Association of Nigeria, Southeast zone, has raised the alarm about a looming should the nation fail to take urgent measures to address the worsening security situation in .
The group also declared its rejection of ’s controversial moves to annex lands in parts of for cattle rearing.
body, in a communique issued after its emergency meeting in Enugu, urged to desist from implementing the controversial Fulani settlement programme in any form, stressing that imposition of Ruga could lead to in this country.
The communique read in parts: “We vehemently reject, condemn and oppose any form of forceful appropriation of individual or communal land to or cattle nomads in the guise of Executive Order, Act, Law or federal government programme in Nigeria and the Southeast in particular.
“That cattle rearing is a private business, as such the federal government should not induce or create undue tension in the states of the federation, more so when Southeast is still recovering from the havoc of civil war and do not wish such to happen again in any form. Business is by negotiation not imposition.
“That we implore the federal government for the interest of peace, unity and mutual co-existence and tolerance to totally rescind, abrogate and jettison any action or inaction or by amendment or otherwise that shall lead to the implementation of RUGA or cattle colony, or with other names that shall depict giving or nomadic cattle owners right to acquire or takeover or confiscate land of individuals or indigenous communities forcefully through the apparatus of government.”
CAN urged Ndigbo not to panic “regarding the threat from some Northern groups led by one Abdulazeez. Our land shall never be allowed to be taken by force by anybody in any guise.
“Let us continue to pray and watch. Let everybody be prepared to defend themselves as directed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”

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