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Clerics urge Imo lawmakers to outlaw open grazing

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—BISHOPS of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province of Anglican Communion, have called on Imo State House of Assembly to, “as a matter of urgency, enact a law that will not only prohibits the use of state resources to promote private businesses, such as cattle rearing, but also permanently outlaw open grazing,” in the state.

Herdsmen with their cattle

This demand formed part of an eight-paragraph communiqué signed at the end of their 31st regular council meeting at Atta, Ikeduru, by the Committee Chairman, Rt. Rev. David O. C. Onuoha, Archbishop Caleb Maduoma and Chancellor, Sir Michael Uzoma.

“Council is alarmed at the current spate of violence and wanton destruction of lives and property on account of the activities of jihadists masquerading as herdsmen. More worrisome is the plan to officially spread this social cancer to all the states of the federation through the grazing colony plan”, the bishops said.

While expressing regret that previous cries to end killings by the notorious Fulani herdsmen have not been heeded, the bishops also appealed to government to halt the gradual slide of the country to chaos and anarchy.

“The prevailing state of affairs in the country is a clarion call on Ndigbo to return to the traditional method of animal husbandry to meet our protein needs. Relying on the present method of buying meat and death at the same time is very dangerous,” the bishops said.

Addressing the forthcoming general election, the clerics advised Christians to register in any political party of their choice, stressing that good governance is not realized through wishful thinking.

“The good governance we all earnestly desire cannot be realized by mere wishes, but by active participation in all the processes that bring up leaders at all levels. We must work hard to ensure that godly men and women are voted into power, for this is the only way of ensuring a better future for our society”, the clerics reasoned.




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