By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Angry reactions have continued to trail the recent allegedÂ killing of two citizens in Irete community, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State by irate Hausa-Fulani herdsmen.
Reacting to the bizarre cold blooded murder of the citizens, a prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the community, Chief C.Y. Amako, described it as â€œa post-civil war mentality which is still affecting an average Hausa manâ€.
Chief Amako said: â€œIt is very dehumanising for Hausa-Fulani herdsmen to come all the way from Northern Nigeria, hundreds of kilometers away from Irete, to feed their cattle on the crops of widows who cannot even afford cow meat in the marketâ€.
Apparently fuming with anger, Amako said â€œwe have since gone past the post-civil war months when soldiers came into our communities and forcibly abducted our daughters and wives and converted them to their wives without paying a dime as dowryâ€.
Speaking also, a woman leader in the community, Mrs. Goodness Metu, lamented that the indigenes of the areas were faced with serious starvation because of the menace of the herdsmen and their cattle.
â€œAll the crops on our farmlands are being eaten up by cattle. I donâ€™t know how we can survive under this harsh condition. We are faced with imminent starvation,â€ Mrs. Metu lamented.
Noting that they were constantly robbed and raped by the rampaging herdsmen, the woman leader also appealed to the state government to intervene before it got out of hand.
Vanguard recalls that there had been a subsisting law enacted by Imo State House of Assembly on grazing of cattle in the state and it was not clear at press time why it is not being implemented.