From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue youths under the auspices of Benue Youth Forum, BYF, has called on the National Assembly to outrightly discard the Water Resources Bill in the interest of majority of Nigerians.
President of the organization, Terrence Kuanum, who made the call yesterday in Makurdi while briefing newsmen, also called on Nigerians to courageously rise in resistance to what he described as “the devilishly land grabbing bill intended to convert water and river banks for the use of Fulani cows.”
“We call on the National Assembly to reject the controversial Water Resources Bill and save the name of the hallowed red and green chambers from descent into disrepute.
“We expect Senators and House of Representatives members who have good conscience to stage a walk-out from any sitting that favours passage of the Water Resources bill,” Kuanum urged.
He said indications are already rife that passage of the bill which he described as ‘obnoxious’ will be greeted by spontaneous negative reactions from across the country.
“We are convinced that the Federal Government is putting the unity of Nigeria in jeopardy if it continues to push this Ruga settlements project either expressly or implicitly.
“Nigerians have vowed never to surrender their lands for Ruga in whatever veil it is introduced. We advise that the Buhari administration should allow the people to have their way.
“The National Water Resources Bill Is a well orchestrated plot to turn Nigerians to slaves in their own country,” he fumed.
On the claim that Governor Samuel Ortom has chased Fulani herdsmen away from Benue to promote his own cattle business, the allegation according to Kuanum, is one of the most senseless absurdities in recent times, stressing, “nothing could be farther from the truth.
I therefore, urge Nigerians to ignore the smear campaign orchestrated by Middle Belt Conscience Group against Governor Ortom for challenging the “obnoxious National Resources Water Bill”, the BYF President concluded.