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Prioritize Education, Poverty Alleviation, Not Cattle Ranch, Diaspora Groups Tell Mbah

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

Two Igbo diaspora groups in America – the World Igbo Congress (WIC), and the American Veterans of Igbo Descent (AVID), have urged the Enugu State governor, Peter Mbah, to prioritize the education and welfare of the people of the state above the setting up of a cattle ranch.

In a letter addressed to the governor, titled: “Concerns Regarding the Establishment of a Cattle Ranch in Enugu State”, signed by the Chairman of WIC, Dr Festus Okere, and the President of AVID, said setting up of a ranch will not address the dire need of the people but that he should think of how he could alleviate their sufferings and their poverty.

we have become aware of plans to establish a cattle ranch in the state, which has prompted our joint communication.”

The group pointed out that the establishment of a cattle ranch could have dire consequences.

The letter reads: “We wish to express our collective disapproval and lack of endorsement for such initiatives within your jurisdiction. Drawing on the experience of a similar programme in Abia State, which failed to deliver the anticipated economic benefits, we urge caution.

“Recent unsettling reports of over 80 casualties near the Lokpanta
Cattle Market, presumed to be Igbo natives, further underscore our concerns.

“Cattle ranching, being a private enterprise, does not align with the ethos of Igbo land. The cattle herders are often associated with violence and disorder. The Igbo community values equality and freedom within democratic societies, and the establishment of a cattle ranch could have dire consequences. It is imperative to avoid actions that might compromise our people’s autonomy and resilience.

“AVID and WIC implore you to seek prudent guidance to safeguard our homeland against potential threats and encroachment disguised as ranching activities.

“We offer our collaboration to enhance the safety and well being of Enugu State residents and the wider South East Region. As custodians of Igbo heritage, we urge you to protect every inch of our ancestral land from external influences.

“It is worth noting that no part of Nigeria has allocated land for Igbo settlements or enterprises. Regions in the North boast of vast expanses of land suitable for ranching purposes.

“We encourage you to prioritize essential governance aspects such as education, infrastructure, reliable power supply, and poverty alleviation for the benefit of Enugu State’s populace.”

The duo groups commended Mbah for his leadership style and urged him to continue with it.

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