Exract from a comment by Uzoma Odi on our post:
Logara New Yam Festival, alerts us to the fact that cattle herdsmen and their cattle have invaded our homeland.
PLease I want to use this opportunity to tell Logarians aboard that cows have taken over our land. The Eze and
Eze-In-Council seem to be silent over it. The youths are
not happy. Please Mr. PG, Sir, do something.
News around Nigeria shows that migrant Fulani cattle herdsmen are a source of concern for communities where they settle, e.g. Plateau, Benue and some South-Western states. Outbreak of hostilities to the extent of gun battles resulting in deaths, have been reported in areas where armed cattle rearers calously allow their ravenous cattle to feed on farmlands, thus undermining the cash-crop means of livelyhood of rural communities. The impunity with which the Fulanis operate in the country is viewed as a form of colonialism.
In Logara, eyewitness reports are that large herds of cattle invade farmlands in Uhumuagwu and areas towards our boundry with the Imo airport, devastating casava and other crops. Our people are vulnerable and apprehensive!
It is hoped that our community leaders are aware of this worrisome situation, to nip it in the bud before it escalates to conflicts involving our peaceful community. Neighbouring communities in Aboh-Mbaise are said to have chased the herdsmen away from their areas before they sought to explore Logara areas. There is need for vigilance and preventive action to protect our people.
Another cause for concern is our proximity with the
airport. Fulani herdsmen are known to be equiped with sophisticated weapons and communications gadgetry. They are not poor, ordinary people. In a country saddled with insecurity and especially in Igboland where Boko-Haram may be nursing a desire to infiltrate, we should not overlook herdsmen who may be on greater missions than rearing cattle. The airport is a strategic infrastructure and moves around it by people with surveillance capabilities, is enough to attract a peoples-government attention. It’s necessary to send alerts.