A staunch ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi says the people of his state have no land to donate for the ranching of cows.
Umahi said this on Monday evening when he featured in Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.
He stressed that each of the states in the South-East already has laws banning open grazing.
He said, “This is not about the governors, it is about the people, so, whatever position the people take in this regard, that is what will happen. There is no land in this regard that is not owned by individuals, corporate bodies.
“So, this is beyond governors and that is the truth. People calling governors are making a very grievous mistake. Even if I say as a governor in South-East, I want people from this village, I want you to donate this land, the question is: will they allow it?
“I have heard about three communal crisis in my state, and it is all about land. .There is a place that I am building a medical university and the people of that village, for a project that is almost completed, went and brought it down. They prefer to have their farms than a medical college. So, land is a different ball game altogether.”
When asked if the people of Ebonyi have agreed that the governor should give out land for ranching, Umahi said, “They have said they have no land for ranching. They put me where I am. If I have one acre of land and I am talking about giving land for ranching, I should be talking about that particular land. I can’t be talking about somebody’s land. Yes, constitutionally, I have control over the land but you have to kill all the people to get the land.”
The governor is a member of the ruling the All Progressives Congress, APC.