The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has submitted a proposal for a draft bill for the Federation of South East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo and Enugu.
Concise News understands that this is a reaction to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s proposed creation of Ruga settlements for herders in some states in Nigeria.
The plan by the federal government to establish the settlements has been hugely condemned, prominently by governors of states in Nigeria’s South East.
But the federal government had explained that the building of Ruga settlements was to resolve unending farmers/herders conflicts across the country.
“Ruga Settlement” that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products,” a statement from Garba Shehu, Buhari’s media aide, read.
He said: “The overall benefit to the nation includes a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments.”
However, the Ohanaeze youths think differently.
According to the National President of the group, Arthur Obiora, the draft bill had been sent to all state Houses of Assembly in the South East for deliberation and passage.
The group called on the Igbo in Delta and Rivers, who wish to join the federation, to do so.
Obiora said it had become necessary for Nigeria to go back to regional system with a level of autonomy for the federating regions.
He said, “This will ensure faster development of the country and make rat race to control the centre…”
He hoped the bill would be passed and other parts of Nigeria do the same.
Similarly, deputy spokesman for the group, Chuks Ibegbu, said that there was nothing wrong with the draft.