CSOs protest at National Assembly over alleged misuse of cattle ranch fund
A Coalition of Civil Society Organisation for Peace and Good Governance yesterday protested at the National Assembly, Abuja.
The protest was against alleged misappropriation of funds allegedly approved for the establishment of cattle ranches in the country.
National President/Convener of the groups, Jonathan Ogwuche, said N100billion naira was approved for the project during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The protesters lamented the death toll from herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, which could have been avoided, if the funds were judiciously used.
They warned that the situation could threaten the foundation of the country, if urgent steps were not taken.
The protesters displayed placards, bearing various inscriptions.
They expressed concern that some individuals who do not have the interest of the country at heart, have continued to engage in acts that are inimical to the progress of the nation.
According to the CSOs, Jonathan approved the money in 2014 to mini ranches nationwide to curb the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Ogwuchie disclosed that the National Economic Council (NEC) ordered the release of the money, which was not properly accounted for.
They called for the questioning of ex-president Jonathan under whose watch the alleged fraud was perpetrated
He said: “Even as we are aware that the money was released without the approval of the National Assembly, there was no evidence of how it was utilised.