The South East zonal chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday warned that it would resist any attempt to create grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen in any part of the South-East geo-political zone.
The CAN zonal chairman, Bishop David Eberechukwu, who made this known in a statement in Awka, Anambra State yesterday, warned those championing the cause for the allocation of land as grazing field for the Fulani nomads to desist because the zone was not yet done accommodating all the people from the South East displaced by insurgency the North.
According to Eberechukwu, all the governors in the zone should never accept the idea of alloting grazing fields to the Fulani herdsmen under any circumstance.
The zone is made up of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.
The statement reads in part: “The governors of the South East should avoid anything that will make posterity to be against them. The South East CAN is ready to go on demonstration to resist this move.
“How can we give grazing field to the Fulani herdsmen knowing fully well that we do not have land in the East? We are eagerly looking for a way to accommodate all our people already displaced in the North as a result of Boko Haram.
“How can this be when we are already experiencing defiling of our girls/wives in the hands of the same Fulani rearers?
“Again, the experience of Benue and Plateau where the same herdsmen are fighting the indigenes is not welcomed and we say no to their invasion of the entire nation. Allowing them is an importation of wars and everlasting fights with the people.
“We call on the Northern governors to please build ranches for their kinsmen who are rearing cattle as this will give them employment and eliminate poverty in their states”.