Yoruba Nation activists and other proponents of self-determination have threatened that states that allow grazing reserves in the country’s southern region will face a “never-seen-before mass revolt.”
The agitators issued a statement titled, “Governors in the Southern Region who welcome FG’s Grazing Reserves should prepare for a never-seen-before mass action,” under the aegis of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination.
Ilana Omo Oodua represents the South West, Lower Niger Congress represents the South-South and South-East, and Middle Belt Renaissance Movement represents the Middle Belt Region. NINAS is the coordinating platform for the umbrella bodies of self-determination groups in Nigeria’s South and Middle Belt, with Ilana Omo Oodua representing the South West, Lower Niger Congress representing the South-South and South-East, and Middle Belt Renaissance Movement representing the Middle Belt.
NINAS, led by Prof Banji Akintoye as Chairman and Tony Nnadi as Secretary-General, warned governors in alliance territory to expect “a never-before-seen mass revolt of the people” if they cede an inch of their ancestral land to the central government for Fulani herdsmen grazing reserves.
Ejes Gist News reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a controversial review of 368 grazing reserves across 25 states in the country on August 19.
“We also urge Governors within the NINAS territory to respect the wishes of their people on the issue of the grazing reserve being planned by the central government for Fulani Herdsmen,” the statement continued.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all lands in Nigeria vest in State Governors, who hold them in Trust for the People under the Land Use Act of 1978. The Federal Government of Nigeria does not own any land on which it can establish grazing routes, with the possible exception of the Federal Capital Territory.
“As a result, any Governor in the Alliance Territories who cedes any land to the Federal Government in the name of the Grazing Route will be violating the Trust in which such lands are held, and worse, defying the People’s overwhelming Will.
“We say with all humility and responsibility that the grazing route is an attempt to take our ancestral land by the back door, and it must be rejected by any means necessary.
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“This is not a threat, but rather a piece of advice: any Governor who cedes our land to the central government for a grazing reserve for Fulani Herdsmen should be prepared to face the people’s wrath.
“Such a Governor should be prepared to explain to his or her people why their rights are being violated and why their land is being invaded by a group that has demonstrated that all they want to do is kill people and take over their ancestral lands.
“Such a governor should understand that, while the NINAS movement for self-determination is peaceful, his continued pandering to killers, the majority of whom are being brought in from outside Nigeria, ceding an inch of their ancestral lands will result in such mass peaceful action that his state may be shaken to its foundation.”