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You cannot impose water resources bill on Nigerians ― Group

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 24, 2020, 04:56:24 AM
The Middle Belt Movement for Justice and Peace, MBMJP, has urged the Federal Government to desist from foisting the National Water Resources Bill on Nigerians after it had been rejected by the people.

Convener of MBMJP, Comrade Joe Bukka on Wednesday was reacting to a recent statement by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed wherein he insisted that the federal government meant well and would continue to push for the law, cautioned that it would be counterproductive to impose the law on Nigerians.

According to Comrade Bukka, “the Minister of Information allegedly said the critics of the bill were anti-people. He also alleged that people were politicizing the bill and misleading Nigerians.

“But the question that is begging for answers concerning the bill at the moment is that why is the federal government insisting on having a bill passed after it had been thrown away by the same National Assembly?

“He claimed that there was nothing new in the bill, but that it was an amalgamation of four Water Resources laws that had been in existence for long and that they were being repackaged and re-enacted with some modifications.

“And Nigerians are saying we do not want the amalgamation and modification of the extant laws which they want to repackage into the National Water Resources Bill. Why is it very difficult for the federal government to feel and understand the pulse of the people on this matter?

“Why will Nigerians reject a law and you want to go ahead to impose it on them? Are we no more in a democracy? If for nothing, the government should be guided by the definition of democracy that was propounded by even one of the Governors in the Middle Belt who said ‘democracy is doing what the people want.’

“That is basically what democracy is and the government should respect and apply that principle in the interest of the generality of the people,” Bukka added.


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Re: You cannot impose water resources bill on Nigerians ― Group

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 24, 2020, 05:19:14 AM
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“But the question that is begging for answers concerning the bill at the moment is that why is the federal government insisting on having a bill passed after it had been thrown away by the same National Assembly?

“He claimed that there was nothing new in the bill, but that it was an amalgamation of four Water Resources laws that had been in existence for long and that they were being repackaged and re-enacted with some modifications.

“And Nigerians are saying we do not want the amalgamation and modification of the extant laws which they want to repackage into the National Water Resources Bill. Why is it very difficult for the federal government to feel and understand the pulse of the people on this matter?

The Federal government is pushing this bill because there is an agenda. Clearly so.

The day I made up my mind about this bill (which has shifted shape several times) was the day I watched the governor of Bauchi state trying to defend the defeated National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).

The governor said something that should keep all indigenous Nigerian peoples awake at night.

He said that the government was going to allow Fulani from all over Africa to migrate and settle on those lands set aside for livestock. He said it with a "matter of fact" demeanour. He went ahead to narrate how Fulani in Nigeria have relations in other African countries. He cited his own instance that his mother was from Cameroun (if I recall correctly).

Ever since that day, they changed the plan (from RUGA before it) to this current iteration targeting water resources and the lands around it.

How can any human being with a brain trust that this government will not settle the Fulani from all over Africa in those lands along the river banks?
By the way, who in his right senses would cede WATER resource (rivers, lakes, sea banks, streams, etc) to ANYBODY regardless of who that authority may be? Countries in the middle East fight wars over this scarce resource!

As things stand today in Nigeria, even the governors who have been constitutionally empowered to take lands in "public interest" under the Land Use Act, only do so with ACTIVE support and acquiescence of communities who owned the lands ab initio.
I cannot recall any governor ever taking land without first reaching an agreement with the communities. But the governors didn't even control water resources! Those remained community owned.

Now, some "Federal government" official would come to grab water resources that indigenous peoples have depended on for thousands of years, in "national interest". I'm really laughing ...

Which community would allow that to happen?

I don't know why some people in current federal government can't even reason properly.
Why make a law you cannot enforce?

Go and take Anambra river (or Omambala  as it is called by the indigenes) and settle Fulani from Mali there.
See if you won't fight a one thousand years war with the Aguleri, Umuleri, Igala people and IGBO nation.

The "Middle belt" people are even more militant about their water resources and lands.

Sometimes I think that there are people in current Nigeria's federal government cooking up a civil war whether the rest of Nigerians want it or not.

It is the duty of Nigerians to kick those people out of office before they plunge the country into an idiotic endless war.

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