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Published On: Tue, Jan 30th, 2018

Urhobo Leader Cries Out Over Herdsmen Occupation Of Urhobo Communities, Oppose Cattle Colony

President-General of Urhobo Progress Union,UPU (Worldwide), Olorogun Moses Taiga

LAGOS JANUARY 30TH (URHOBOTODAY)-President-General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, (Worldwide), Olorogun Moses Taiga has raised the alarm over the illegal occupation of Urhobo communities by Fulani herdsmen.
He equally spoke about the danger such occupation has placed the Urhobos in their own land, stressing that many of them have been killed, wives raped and their farms destroyed by rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos recenty, Uvwiamuge, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, Taiga revealed that no fewer than three hundred herdsmen are illegality occupying shops abandoned ultra-modern market located between Otovwodo and Ogor in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state.
“There are fears that the number of the herdsmen might double in no time. Now my people live in perpetual anxiety and trepidation. I call on President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the military authorities to dislodge these illegal occupants and hoodlums immediately before they wreck havoc.
“The Urhobos are peace-loving people. What happened in Benue, where 73 people were killed, must not happen in Urhobo land or any other place, for that matter, again in Nigeria,” the Adjerese of Urhoboland disclosed, just as he recalled that there have been incessant attacks of Urhobo people by Fulani herdsmen in their own towns and villages for some time now.
“Our men are being killed and our wives and daughters raped. The attacks are going on in Abraka Kingdom, Uwheru Kingdom, Ovwor town in Olomu, Ughelli South LGA and many other towns and villages in Urhoboland.
“About two weeks ago, they struck in Ovwor, attacking three men and raping one woman. Ironically one of the men they attacked is a butcher going to his place of work very early in the morning. These herdsmen are very daring and callous. Even a butcher, who patronises them by buying their cows, is not spared of the attacks,” he noted.
He informed the federal government that Urhobo Nation is against the proposed creation of cattle colony, insisting that the Urhobos will not cede an inch of their land for the purpose of establishing a cattle colony.
Hear him, “Cattle rearing is a private matter and individuals should make their private arrangement, just as crop farmers do, in that regard. Has government established cassava, yam, cocoa or plantain “colonies? Also, no “colonies” have been established for poultry farmers throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria.
“Why having special arrangement for cattle farmers? These squatters and trespassers have to stop. They should sort out themselves peacefully and stop behaving like an army of occupation.”
Taiga equally used the opportunity to reiterate the earlier stand of the Urhobo people for a return to the 1960 constitution where regions managed their resources and only contributed a percentage to the federal government.
“That is one of the ways to achieve lasting peace in Nigeria. It will also bring back the healthy competition among regions, which helped to speed up growth and development in the 60s,” he stated.

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  1. What we should be asking ourselves is who gave permissions to these invaders to occupy our communities? Can any Urhobo indigenous group go to Fulani community and invade their lands? Where are the so called Niger Delta’s militants that supposed to be fighting for our existence? I suggest that the farmers should fence their farms so as to keep these Fulani herds men from their land.

  2. This is well said, addressed, enunciated and communicated. I call on Urhobos to lend their unequivocal support to this position and a clarion call of the fatherland. In the same vain, the Federal Government must heed this yearnings from the Urhobos as is already being posited by the Tivs and others in the Federation. Cattle rearing is business, a private business as practice world over. It has never been government business and cannot be government business in Nigeria.
    Olorogun Ogbarode Ogbon

  3. okpada says:

    Good one from our respected Olorogun Taiga.A word is enough for the wise.

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