Ohanaeze, Igbo youth council rage as FG releases N5 b grant to Kaduna for ranches
By Steve Oko
The release of whopping N5 billion by the Federal Government to Kaduna State for the establishment of ranches has sparked fury in Ohanaeze, and Eastern Consultative Assembly.
Wawa News Global recalls that the National Economic Council, NEC, has approved the largess for the establishment of ranches for herdsmen in the state.
The fund according to NEC, is to check the incessant clashes between farmers and murderous herdsmen.
According to Kaduna State Government, the ranches will be located at Ladugga, Damau, Kargarko and Birnin Gwari areas of the state.
Ohanaeze in its reaction, described the action of the federal government as violation of the constitution of the constitution of Nigeria.
The pan-Igbo organisation in a statement frowned at the development which it said was capable of leaving the country more divided than united.
The statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Attamah, said that the action showed that, “the Federal Government does not respect” the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. “
“If the story is true, it only goes to reinforce the fact that this government does not respect the constitution of this country”, Ohanaeze fumed.
The statement further read : “It also confirms further the complicity of the government in the dastardly activities of the herdsmen.
“If not, why reward killers of fellow countrymen when innocent and harmless Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB is proscribed?
“It is condemnable and parochial and besmears the President with the toga of tribalism. If this is not sectionalism and favouritism, then tell me what it is.”
In the same vein ECA has lampooned the federal government over the action, warning that if such acts of gross favouritism are not curbed Nigeria might not survive for too long as a united country.
Founder of Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, and Secretary of ECA, Evangelist Ugochukwu Uko, described the action of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government as “despicable”.
ECA in a statement signed by Uko said : “The government of All Progressives Congress, APC, led by President Muhammafu Buhari is desperate to hang on to power beyond February 16, 2019.”
“This desperation is clear. The release of N5 billion to Governor Nasir El- Rufai, a known crony and ally of President Buhari is the height of nauseating nepotism.
“If Nigerians do not close ranks and chase away this government by February 16, 2019, this country will collapse.”
ECA warned the APC-led federal government against fast-tracking Nigeria’s disintegration with discriminating policies.
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