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Women group threatens to boycott 2019 presidential poll

Women group threatens to boycott 2019 presidential poll

- A women group has protested the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria

- The women accused the federal government of handling the crisis with a kid's glove

- They also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to tackle the attacks across the country

Some women have threatened to boycott the forthcoming 2019 presidential election in Nigeria.

The women under the aegis of Concerned Southern Women for Good Governance accused the federal government of handling the herdsmen menace in states across Nigeria with kid gloves.

Vanguard reports that the women also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take a decisive step to tackle the rampaging herdsmen activities across Nigeria.

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The leader of the women group, Patience Igho, said: “Women are a great economic force that a nation cannot ignore. They are at the bottom of the domestic economic growth pyramid. Our women in the south are the strength of our agricultural boost because they do the farming and also take the produce for processing and then for sale.

“The issue of herdsmen attacking and abusing our women in the farms will lead to serious food crises in the south. So we women in the South will boycott the presidential election if this menace of herdsmen is not stopped because as it is, no one is talking."

Also, the Delta state House of Assembly committee on environment, oil and gas, Daniel Yingi, assured that no land will be ceded for cattle colony in the state.

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Yingi, who represents Burutu 1 constituency said: “The condemnation that greeted the proposed cattle colony since it was announced by the Federal Government was a clear signal of the doom that goes with it. Cattle business is a private business, it is not a project of the federal government.

“You can’t come through the back doors to start colonizing the people. Such a policy is capable of causing disintegration. I pray that those behind it will halt their moves and seek ways of promoting peace, love, unity and progress in Nigeria."

PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app earlier reported that an agreement have been reached between the herdsmen operating in Benue and Nasarawa and the states' government.

The herdsmen after a stakeholders meeting agreed to abide by the provision of the controversial Benue open grazing prohibition law.

They also asked for more time to enable them adapt to the new policy.

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