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Herdsmen menace: Southern women threaten to boycott presidential poll

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—WORRIED by the terror being unleashed on innocent Nigerians,  Southern women have vowed to boycott the 2019 presidential election should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to take a decisive step to tackle the rampaging herdsmen.

The women, under the aegis of Concerned Southern Women for Good Governance, accused President Buhari of handling the security challenges posed by the herdsmen with kid gloves.

Speaking to Vanguard yesterday, leader of the group, Patience Igho, said, “Women are a great economic force that a nation cannot ignore. They are at the bottom of the domestic economic growth pyramid.

“Our women in the South are the strength of our agricultural boost because they do the farming and also take the produce for processing and then for sale.

“The issue of herdsmen attacking and raping our women in the farms will lead to serious food crises in the South. So we women in the South will boycott the presidential election if this menace of herdsmen is not stopped because as it is, no one is talking.”

Similarly, Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas, Chief Daniel Yingi, has said that the proponents of cattle colonies are enemies of the country, insisting that land will not be ceded for cattle colony in the state.

Yingi, who represents Burutu 1 constituency in the House, said thoughts and actions of proponents of cattle colony were capable of promoting crisis and disharmony among Nigerians.

He said: “The condemnation that greeted the proposed cattle colony since it was announced by the Federal Government was a clear signal of the doom that goes with it. Cattle business is a private business, it is not a project of the Federal Government.

“You can’t come through the back doors to start colonizing the people. Such a policy is capable of causing disintegration. I pray that those behind it will halt their moves and seek ways of promoting peace, love, unity and progress in Nigeria.”


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