By Chris Njoku, Owerri
A group, the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), has rejected the Executive Bill sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari seeking Federal Government’s control of waterways and their banks.
Speaking to reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the President General of the group, Goodluck Ibem, expressed shock at the intention of the Federal Government to reintroduce the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) policy through the backdoor.
“We are also aware that this obnoxious bill is intended to abrogate the land use act, which has vested all land in governors. This amounts to bringing RUGA policy through the backdoor.
The obnoxious bill is a direct attack and insult on southerners and we say no to this insult on us,” he said.
According to him, “the re-introduction of this obnoxious bill confirms that the President’s democratic dividend for southerners is to take over their land.
“For the president to re-introduce a bill that has been rejected by Nigerians when Bukola Saraki was the Senate President and Dogara was the Speaker of House of Representatives confirms that this bill is aimed at handing over the land of southerners to herdsmen for the feeding of their cattle.
“It is quite unfortunate that the only democratic dividend this administration has for Nigerians is massive killings by herdsmen/terrorists, kidnapping of pupils, students and adults, banditry and terrorism of the highest order.
“This bill is another calculated attempt by this administration to affirm insecurity, terrorism and banditry in Southern Nigeria.”
Ibem said the agenda is to annex southern land adjoining the river banks and ancestral lands belonging to poor farmers.
He urged Nigerians to resist the obnoxious bill aimed at enthroning Islamisation and legalising anarchy.