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Igala deplore activities of herdsmen in Kogi

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Fulani Herdsmen. PHOTO: Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

The Igala ethnic nationality has deplored the activities of herdsmen in the eastern senatorial district of Kogi State.

President of Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA), Alhaji Abubakar Amodu, specifically condemned the destruction of crops, rape, kidnapping and robbery allegedly perpetrated by the herders.

Amodu, who spoke at the weekend during the inauguration of the N100 million naira ultra-modern Igala Unity House at Anyigba by Governor Yahaya Bello, sought the urgent intervention of the state government.

He noted that the building was to foster peace, unity and engender the development of Igala land.

“The house will serve as an interaction venue on issues affecting the entire zone as well as hosting festivities and other cultural activities,” Amodu stated.

He disclosed that the project was executed through donations from sons and daughters of the ethnic group as well as a N50 million support from the governor.

Bello pleaded that the structure should serve as a rallying point for Igala people, describing the house as a symbol of peace and love.

The governor promised that he would remain eternally grateful to the Igala nation, thanking the people for identifying with his administration as the largest and most populated section of the state.

He pledged to complete all ongoing projects in the zone, namely the Idah-Ajaka-Umomi-Ugwalawo-Anyigba-road; Okpo-Ibana-Ogugu highway as well as rural electrification, drilling of boreholes and erosion management across the communities in the district.

The Attah of Igala, Dr. Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni (II), stressed the need for his subjects both at home and abroad to join hands in the preservation of the rich Igala cultural heritage.

The monarch also sued for the sustenance of the prevailing peace in the land, stating that no development could take place in an atmosphere of rancour.


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