“We had before now banned open grazing of cattles within the region” ~ Gov. Umahi
The executive governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman Southeast Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi, yesterday said the zone had before now banned open grazing of cattles within the region.
Engineer Umahi made the revelation during an APC stakeholders meeting at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
The governor who said the Southeast Governors’ Forum had also banned the movement of cows by foot admonished leaders to show patriotism in their behavior in other to ensure the unity of the country.
“We are living in a dangerous time. Without patriotism to our nation Nigeria, it is very difficult to have a peaceful time”
He called on leaders and stakeholders of the zone to speak up and desist from playing politics with the security of the zone and nation.
“Governors of South East have been calling on our leaders to speak out on the security of the zone and unity of Nigeria. I read on paper where someone said he was giving governors of South East 7-days to ban open grazing. The governors of southeast had banned open grazing and movement of cows by foot into South East in each of states of the zone. We are managing ourselves well. What we discuss with the herdsmen is the system in place for a long time”
Umahi warned people of the zone against instigating crises in the country through the dissemination of fake videos alleging killing of Fulanis by IPOB in the South East.
“What our people must know is that security is not political. What is demanded of the leaders is to put up programmess that favour the people and foster national unity”.
He also announced his support for the call to smoke out criminal elements from forests across the nation to boost the security of the country.
“In our forests today, we have the kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, all sorts of criminals. Anybody staying in the forest is taking a risk when we say that people should move out of the forests. It is for their safety and security. So, I support that kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, and bandits should be flushed out of our forests”.