By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki
The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) yesterday called on the Southern Governors to ensure that their ban of open grazing of cattle was backed by the appropriate legislation.
The group noted that the initiative would “prevent the monstrous and murderous Fulani Herdsmen from overrunning their states”.
In a statement by ADF signed by Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, ADF President, Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, ADF Vice-President, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Chairman, ADF Board of Trustees, Abia Onyike, Chairman, ADF Bureau of Media & Publicity, the group further commended “the seventeen Governors of Southern Nigeria for their courageous and strategic move in banning open grazing of cattle in Southern Nigeria.”
The statement read in part: “ADF recalls that it had been in the forefront of the agitation for the banning of open grazing in Igboland since 2015.
“ADF urges the Southern Governors to ensure that their resolution against open grazing of cattle was backed by the appropriate legislation, which is the most potent strategy to prevent the monstrous and murderous Fulani Herdsmen from overrunning their states.
“The law to be passed in the State Houses of Assembly should be accompanied by clear modalities, instrumentalities, and machinery for their enforcement. The effectiveness of this move depends on the synergy between the Governors, the Legislators, and the people including the civil society organizations.
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“ADF wishes to draw the attention of the Southern Governors and Legislators to the obvious fact that our fate in the current struggle for survival is intricately interwoven with the fate of our fellow compatriots in the Middle Belt and Southern Kaduna.
“ADF notes the gallant and courageous resistance against the jihadist propensities in the Middle Belt by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom. There is a need for the Southern Governors to extend their solidarity to him and the people of Benue State.
“In the face of a determined and generalized campaign by the jihadists to overrun Nigeria through the mass infiltration of their forces into several Communities in Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt, there is the urgent need to call on the people to get ready to defend themselves as the security agencies have over time proved incapable of defending the people against these murderous invaders.”