Chief Joseph Erico Ameh, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and a governorship aspirant in Kogi State, has lamented recent killings in the North Central geo-political zone by rampaging Fulani herdsmen, saying that life has become so brutish under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
Ameh, who spoke when the executive members of the Vanguard for Good Governance (VGG), led by its National President, Chief Abubakar Agene, paid him a consultative meeting in his Lagos office on Tuesday, lamented that the governors in the zone had been speaking in different voices in a matter they should unite to seek a way forward.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the utterances of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Hon. Simon Lalong, his Plateau State counterpart, which he said were not only surprising, but were at variance with the views of the majority of people and the national interest, especially when communities were being wiped out by herdsmen.
Ameh maintained that while there is need for people to live in peace, such co-existence should not be at the expense of the people’s well-being and sustenance, lamenting that the governors have all the powers to regulate the movement of cattle in the zone without putting the lives of people and farm products in jeopardy.
He maintained that if elected into power as the Kogi State governor, he would work for a united forum of governor in the zone for them to be taking decisions on matters affecting the area, stressing that farming and cattle rearing are forms of agriculture and that one should not encroach on the other.
Ameh maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari should show political will by initiating a bill in the National Assembly to make ranching legal for cattle rearers in the country, stressing that herdsmen should not continue to destroy lives and properties, just because they want their cattle to have free movement in parts of the country.
Chief Agene, the president of the Vanguard for Good Governance, in his remarks, had told Ameh that his group had been mobilising other groups and stakeholders for his success in the PDP governor ship primaries and the election proper.
Agene stressed that the groups are rooting for Ameh’s candidacy because of his antecedent as a good manager of men and resources, as well as his probity and welfare support for the impoverished people in Kogi State.
The VGG president said that his group was impressed by the way he had managed his security outfit to a level where it now has several thousands of people in its employ, while he had continued to provide infrastructures to Kogi communities in form of boreholes and road rehabilitation.