Terhemen Abua with additional reports from the Nation.
Former Plateau governor and senator representing Jos North, Jonah Jang, Friday, said his constituents are opposed to the creation of cattle colonies as proposed by his successor, Simon Lalong.
In a statement signed by his media adviser, Clinton Garba, said; Jang, who had met with his constituents to gauge their feelings on the proposal stated categorically clear, “my people are against cattle colonies; they have said that they would not relinquish their ancestral lands for the purpose of grazing reserves or colonies”.
Jang, who lamented the attacks on his people by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen over the years, said that victims of such attacks were ‘not ready to accept the confiscation of their land by government’, adding, “As far as the people of my senatorial zone are concerned, Lalong spoke for himself and not for us”.
Lalong had last Thursday, told State House correspondents in Abuja that he would introduce cattle colonies instead of enacting a law to ban open cattle grazing in Plateau.
According to Lalong, the colonies, would check the clashes between herdsmen and farmers as the cattle would be restricted to particular areas which would reduce the chances of straying into farmlands.
The senator, however, advised Lalong to apologise to Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue over the statement credited to him (Lalong) in which he claimed to have warned his Benue counterpart against the anti-open grazing law.
“That statement was particularly unfair to the people of Benue, coming at a time they were mourning scores killed in the Jan. 1 attacks on villages in Guma and Logo Governments”, Jang added.