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How Buhari Wants To Use Farm Estates To Acquire Lands For Fulani Herdsmen

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has blasted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the latter’s plan to establish farm estates, also known as Integrated Farm Estates, in 108 senatorial districts of the country. The group reacted to the directive to the National Agricultural Land Development Authority by the President to set up integrated farm estates in all 108 senatorial districts nationwide.

In a statement issued by the National Secretary-General of the association, Mr Sola Ebiseni, on Wednesday, Afenifere described the planned programme of the Federal Government as another “veiled strategy of acquiring land in furtherance of settlement of herdsmen across Nigeria.”

According to him, the purported Integrated Farm Estates were designed to accommodate all forms of agricultural practices, including animal husbandry, which will effectively earmark a portion of the acquired vast land “as effective grazing reserves without saying so.”

He said, “Nigerians are in no way deceived that the urgency purportedly attached to the programme by President Buhari is of equal proportional zeal with the creation of settled villages for Fulani herdsmen, from every where and nowhere, on the ancestral lands of other nationalities, which in the fullness of time would become colonies of tyranny as they are in Southern Kaduna, on the Plateau and many other parts of the Middle Belt.

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Buhari wants to use Farm Estates To Acquire Lands for Fulani Herdsmen

“The cries across the land is that our President should rise to his primary responsibility of ensuring security of life and property, especially for the farmers that they may feed the nation. If we may ask, will the Federal Government also build military barracks, stronger than the Nigerian Defence Academy, in those Farm Estates? “President Buhari needs also be reminded that none of his predecessors, who showed greater interests in agriculture, was this covetous of land and seeking to work over and above the federating states; not even the military Government of Obasanjo in its Operation Feed the Nation, nor Shehu Shagari’s Green Revolution.

“Rather than seeking land by force, which it has no power over by the constitution and the Land Use Act and imposing the type of agricultural practices on the states, let the Federal Government provide resources and incentives to the states in their areas of comparative advantage. “Thus, in their choice of agricultural endeavours, the Niger Delta States may choose aquaculture while the North West sticks to animal husbandry. The President has not denied that his government has disbursed more than N6billion to his Katsina home state for ranching without breathing over them for specific land. “Apart from the Federal Government having no power over land, it cannot not also compel the states to acquire the ancestral lands of other people for the personal use of others.

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“Constitutionally, though agriculture is under the concurrent legislative list, the power of the Federal Government thereon under item H of the constitution, paragraphs 17-20, is limited and not extended to any activities giving it power over land in view of the Land Use Act, which has equal constitutional status.” The group called on the people to reject the planned programme of the Federal Government, which he described as a Greek gift. “For the states in the South West, including Edo and Delta, this Government has nothing to teach us in Farm Estates. We are heirs to the farm settlements of the Awolowo era, which spaces are still available for the objectives of technological demonstrations and extension services. Let Buhari chase the killer terrorists from our land that the people may prosper. We are sceptical of these Greek gifts.”

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