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Time to reclaim our land, defend our state

By Awunah Pius Terwase
28 November 2021   |   3:30 am
Sir: I am sincerely not happy and comfortable with Governor Samuel Ortom’s recent application on securing funds from the Federal Government to build ranches in Benue State for the Fulani herdsmen that have been invading the state to kill our people...

Sir: I am sincerely not happy and comfortable with Governor Samuel Ortom’s recent application on securing funds from the Federal Government to build ranches in Benue State for the Fulani herdsmen that have been invading the state to kill our people, rape our women, burn our houses, destroy our farms and so on.

Many people have argued that Ortom preaching about ranches for Fulani herdsmen and accepting the building of ranches in his state is not new but there is something they need to understand. Collecting money from the Federal Government to build ranches is not a good idea. It is even better that the state government uses its money to build ranches and decide how it should be managed. Building of ranches with the funds given by the Federal Government would make it the Federal Government’s project and if completed, the state cannot decide how it should be ran or managed and that will be another conflict. 

The Federal Government, under President Buhari has demonstrated its love for the Fulani herdsmen and has been supporting their atrocities. However, a governor that sees tomorrow would never accept any money from the same biased Federal Government to build ranches for the invaders, and as well, cannot give his people’s land to the Federal Government for the same purpose.

Federal Government’s plan, centres on getting land from all the 36 states, especially the non-Fulani-owned states, for the Fulani herdsmen and it is immaterial to know whether it is RUGA, Cattle Colony or Ranches. 

The most important thing is that the states have given their land to the Fulani herdsmen to run their personal business, to gather more information about the states that would enable them to come up with a strategy that could help them to kill more and conquer the states eventually. 

Our forefathers, worked hard to get the land we are occupying today. We shall be failures, if we sit down and watch the invaders take over our land. So far, they have occupied some of our places after killing our people that were once the occupants of the places. We need to wake up now, reclaim the collected places and defend our state. 

We are becoming noisemakers by always complaining to the Federal Government and calling on the same biased government to come to our rescue. It is sad that part of our land would soon be given to the invaders for the establishment of their ranches as agreed to by the Benue State Governor! 

Let me at this point call on Governor Ortom to revisit his decision and quickly discard the idea of giving land for ranches and that of accepting funds from the Federal Government for the same purpose. We need to wake up now before it is too late.

• Awunah Pius Terwase, Mpape, Abuja.
08171565145
terwaseawunah@gmail.com