The Plateau State Youth Council (PYC) says the resurgence of Fulani herdsmen attacks in parts of the state is yet another demonstration  of the failure of government in its "primary responsibility" of securing lives and properties.

Its position is borne out of the persistent "carnage" which has continued "unchecked" with "palpable impunity".

"This further reinforces our belief that our people had been marked for annihilation," says a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Fabong Jemchang.

According to him, the "farmer/herder conflict represents an existential threat" to the people of the state, yet, there seems to be no "agreed" policy to curb the "impending doom".

"The Plateau State Youth Council has in recent times, also observed with dismay the rather unfortunate development on the Plateau social media space.

"These ugly turn of events border around discussions on the so called cattle colonies," the statement says.

It adds that while the PYC acknowledges and understand the sensitivity of the issue and the emotions that it evokes in the people, "the  dangerous and in many instances, false statements and misrepresentation of facts that characterized the debates is quite troubling."

The statement says the body delayed comments on the conflicts until now because "as a responsible Council that represents all Plateau Youths, we do not comment on rumours and fallacies."

It says, "For the avoidance of doubt,  the Plateau State Youth Council is strongly opposed to the creation of grazing reserves, grazing routes and cattle colonies in any part of Plateau state.

"We are however, in support of multilevel dialogues with wide ranging critical stakeholders with a view to evolve a robust homegrown  ranching policy that will serve as a panacea for the ultimate prohibition of open cattle grazing in the state."

Meanwhile, the Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum says following a statement by the media aide to Gov. Simon Lalong of the state, saying the state is opposed to cattle colonies, the State should be delisted as one in support of the policy.

In a statement by its Coordinator, Musa Bagos, the group said the state should also adopt the ban on open grazing to further secure the lived of its citizens.

Government making its position clear on the issue the group said has helped douse tension among citizens who hitherto were not comfortable with the listing of Plateau State among the member States that agreed to donate lands to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for the purpose of establishing cattle colony.

The statement reads, "Following the Press Text by Media Aide to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Dan Manjang dated 26th January, 2018 in which the government expressly and outrightly rejected the proposed cattle colony policy of the Federal Government, the group, Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum wish to commend the bold position being taken by the government on the inimical, unfriendly and controversial policy.

"This obvious position if done in sincerity is worthy of commendation and a step in the right direction.

"Government making its position clear has helped doused the tension among the citizens of Plateau State who hitherto were not comfortable with the listing of Plateau State among the member States that agreed to donate lands to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for the purpose of establishing cattle colony.

"It becomes expedient for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to delist Plateau State from the mentioned States following the outright rejection of the policy by the State Government.

"We call Plateau State House of Assembly to expedite action on the Citizen's Bill we presented to it on Open Grazing Prohibition.
We therefore call on them to immediately promulgate the law against open grazing which is in the best interest of the people to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the State in which many people have prematurely lost their lives and property worth millions destroyed and looted in some cases.

"The State Government shouldn't hesitate to assent to implement the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in the State.

"As a group, we shall remain supportive of people-friendly policies and all legitimate programmes that will promote Peace, unity and justice In Plateau State and Nigeria at large.

"We are law-abiding and will continue to follow all legitimate ways to push our positions and grievances."