Water Resources Bill: Group slams Buhari government, claims reinstatement is attempt to annex land for Fulani jihadists


The Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly, COSMBYLA, has criticized the Nigerian government for reintroducing the rejected Water Resources Act in the National Assembly, describing it as nasty, annoying and disgusting.

It said the bill intended to annex lands for Fulani jihadists in southern Nigeria and called on Southern and Christian lawmakers in the National Assembly to reject the bill as many times as the sponsors smuggle it in.

COSMBYLA said so in a statement signed by its President-General Goodluck Ibem on Sunday; Coordinator, Middle Belt Youth Presidents Forum, Terrence Kuanum; Coordinator, South West Youth Leaders Forum (SWYLF), Shittu Waheed; and South-South Youth Forum (SSYF) President Tito Zokumor.

The statement, titled “Reintroduced Water Resources Bill Obnoxious, Wicked, Repugnant And Vexatious,” claims that the bill is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to advance the “Fulanization” and “Islamization” agenda in the country.

It has also been claimed that Bill is a well-calculated conspiracy to acquire land for Fulani jihadists to live in, to be used as a base for attacks on the southern part of the country.

The statement read in part: “The re-introduction of the obnoxious Water Resources Act is a confirmation that President Muhammadu Buhari sees Nigerians as fools and mindless people whom he can manipulate, kill and impose his will whenever or however he chooses.

“The continued reintroduction of the offensive and infuriating bill is a reassurance to Nigerians that it is an evil bomb packed by Buhari’s regime to kill the remaining Nigerians who escaped the sword of rampaging Fulani terrorists known as Shepherds parade in the country.

“Nigerians are dying of hunger and starvation on a daily basis due to the high cost of food, the high cost of kerosene which sells at N900 per liter and diesel at N1,000 per liter and the only thing President Buhari will do is reintroduce the heinous one Water Resources Bill. Can the bill put food on the table for Nigerians? The answer is no. Rather, the bill cannot just create an easy way for the Fulani jihadists to kill more Nigerians to conquer their country.

“Nigerians are being killed like chickens daily by Fulani jihadists parading as herders and the President is quiet without doing anything to stop the slaughter. The only thing the President is interested in is how he can annex the lands of indigenous Nigerians, the back door that uses the Water Resources Bill as a shield to illegally annex lands for his Fulani relatives.”

It continues: “To all appearances, the said Water Resources Act is a law intended solely to advance the President’s Fulanization and Islamization agenda, which he has promised his relatives to implement.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s body language shows that he is ready to kill all indigenous Nigerians to achieve this ill-fated and undemocratic evil and barbaric agenda, but his evil conspiracy is dead upon arrival. We reject this anti-grassroots law with all our energy and strength.

“The reintroduction of the obnoxious Water Resources Act is a great insult to dead Nigerians killed by Fulani terrorists parading as herders and we will not accept such insolence towards our people.

“We therefore call on the National Assembly, which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives, to reject the objectionable water management law immediately and without delay.

“We elected them to represent us and our collective will and desire must be respected. We say a big ‘NO’ to the reintroduced Water Resources Act. We totally reject it. Enough said,” the statement adds.


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