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South East has no reason to reject Fulani herders says Igbo APC elder Apugo from Abia State

Prince B.B. Apugo, a chieftain from Abia State is a member of the Board of Trustees and national caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, he disagrees with the position taken by some governors on the Ruga settlements, the clamour for recognition by the Igbo and what President Muhammadu Buhari should do to sustain his social intervention programmes. Excerpts:

Daily Trust: States in the South East say they will not give their lands to settle Fulani herders. As an elder from that part of the country, what is your reaction to this? 

Prince B.B. Apugo: You see, sometimes we make things that’re not supposed to be  problems to look like problems. In my area, we’ve been with, you call them herdsmen, we call them cattle dealers, we call them cow dealers, we call them the Fulanis. We’ve been with them all the time. Like in my home, Umuahia, everybody knows that Umuahia is the centre of cows in the East. And so, we attended ‘Garki,’ (terminus for cow), we rear cattle. I don’t think anybody who loves this country will make it a case. If the herdsmen as you call them can have ranches where they rear their cow, from where you can go and buy, I don’t see anything wrong with it.

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