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Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the youth wing of the apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has told the Presidency point-blank that Ndigbo would not surrender any part of their ancestral land for the controversial cattle colony.
In a reaction to a remark by the Presidency that Nigerians had better relinquish their ancestral land for cattle colony than allow the murderous herdsmen to kill them and still confiscate and convert their land into grazing field, OYC wondered why the Presidency should be 
championing the business interest of a particular tribe in a heterogeneous and multi-ethnic country like Nigeria.
It therefore vowed to resist any attempt to seize Igbo land for grazing, saying the Fulani can no longer hold the country to ransom.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had during a programme on a national television, advised Nigerians to willingly volunteer land for herdsmen to graze their livestock than get killed.

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But OYC in a statement issued on Thursday by its National Deputy President, Dr. Kingsley Dozie and Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Okey Nwachukwu, chided Adesina for the unguarded utterance, which it said “is criminal and too weighty.”
The statement read in part: “Igbo youths are not afraid of any intimidation and we insist that no land in the South East zone will be given for any ranching, grazing or for any use to the Fulani who have proven that they are jihadists.
“For the records, Ndigbo have no sufficient land talk more of providing any for private cattle business. The Federal Government must be decisive in dealing with the herdsmen terrorists who are on a killing spree. We are not happy with the kidglove approach of the present administration in dealing with serious security issues in the country.”
OYC cautioned Adesina against inflammatory remarks, warning that “no person should think Nigeria is his or her personal estate or conquered territory.”
“We advise that the presidential spokesman not to provoke Igbo youths,” Dozie said.
The group also called on Igbo governors and political leaders, irrespective of their political affiliations, to remain resolute in the collective will of the people not to cede any inch of land in the zone for cattle colony.

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