CATTLE COLONIES: THOUGHT TO PONDER

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(Last Updated On: January 30, 2018)

By Dr Iyorchia Ayu

The only one experimentation I can remember was in Southern Kaduna in a place called Kachia in Zango Kataf. They came there and said they wanted to do a small cattle colony, they were given a piece of land. Few Fulani moved in there on a 30,000 hectares of land. They moved to this grazing reserve at a place called Ruguda in Zango Kataf. In a short time, they expanded that land space to about 100,000 hectares of land. The population increased. They appointed an Emir. It became the staging post of the crisis you are seeing today in Southern Kaduna. That is the cattle colony for you. I believe that we do not need that replicated or multiplied all over the 36 states. Replicating Ruguda in Zango Kataf all over Nigeria means the beginning of massive instability across Nigeria.

The Polity

We joined hands with Tinubu to form Action Congress AC, we were developing that party with him until it became Action Congress of Nigeria ACN. I talked to my friend Tinubu that we need to develop the progressive party in Nigeria. He didn’t believe me, he preferred to go and link up with the rightest wing group in the North. And that right wing group was headed by Buhari in the name of Congress for Progressive Change CPC. At that point I left the party and went back to the PDP. I have known Gen. Buhari when he was the military Head of State, I was a university lecturer then. I know the tyranny that was visited on this country. I refused to be part of that team. I warned Tinubu that he will regret bringing Buhari and imposing him on the party. I believe he is regretting silently without telling Nigerians. But more is to be expected. I am sorry to say that if Buhari is re-elected in 2019, it will not only consume Tinubu, it will consume so many other people. It may even lead to the disintegration of Nigeria.

Steps To Avert Future Tragedy

I don’t want this personalization; it is not about Buhari as an individual. Buhari is only part of a wider right wing political movement represented by people like Nasir El-Rufai. There are many others whose names are not being mentioned. Even if you replace Buhari with another one of them, you will still have the same problem. I think Nigerians should be educated to know that this group of people even in the individual state they are ruling they don’t mean well for democracy. Tinubu made a mistake. He is a democrat, he is a progressive, he needs to connect with the progressive wing of the North, progressive wing of the East to build a progressive political movement that will advance not only the economy but the stability of Nigeria.

Tinubu docked with the rightest wing group in the North and that is why we have a problem. He as a progressive has no control. Initially they tried to push him out, that is why they gave huge ministries to people they thought were oppositional to him, Tinubu. The only minister Tinubu nominated and was accepted is Lai Mohammed who is nothing more than a talking parrot. Tinubu has to retrace his steps if Nigeria is going to survive. If that group continues in 2019, they will turn around and be more vicious on Tinubu and his progressives, more vicious on the rest of Nigerians.

People will react when this happens. Democracy will suffer. I am sorry to say that the unity of the country will be threatened.

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