…Igbo Union blames South East govs; accuses them of insensitivity
…Not true, we’re working to drift regional safety outfit — govs
…INC insists South East govs should cross anti-open grazing legislation
By Anayo Okoli & Vincent Ujumadu
RESIDENTS of 10 communities in Awka North native authorities space of Anambra State have lamented the destruction of their farmlands by suspected herdsmen.
The affected individuals say the destruction had grow to be a each day prevalence for someday.
Former chairman of Awka North native authorities space, Chief Shedrack Anakwue stated yesterday that the herdsmen’s menace within the space was turning into more and more worrisome, including that the motion had led to astronomical rise within the costs of agricultural produce which is the principle supply of earnings for the individuals of the realm.
According to him, the herdsmen had left many households in pitiable scenario as their supply of livelihood, which is their farmlands, had been completely destroyed.
Anakwue accused the management of one of many communities of allegedly hanging a ‘deal’ with the herdsmen, thereby permitting them to function unhindered in the neighborhood.
He stated: “When you confront the herdsmen, they tell you that they have settled the leaders of the community.”
President General of Ebenebe, one of many affected 10 communities, Mr Paul Nnatuanya, stated the inordinate actions of herdsmen had grow to be very worrisome, claiming that between September final yr and now, farmers in the neighborhood had misplaced over N100 million to herdsmen.
“Herdsmen are destroying our farmlands. All the cities in Awka North are usually not free from their dastardly acts.
“They even come to graze their cattle in people’s houses and when you tell them to move, they will be looking at you as if you are talking to the cows,” he acknowledged.
Igbo Union blames S-East govS for herdsmen menace
Following the actions of those herdsmen, Igbo Union, an organisation of residents and residents of Igbo extraction within the United States of America, has blamed the South East governors over the rising assaults by killer herdsmen within the zone. The group accused the governors of being insensitive to the murderous actions of the herdsmen.
According to the group, the governors are “insensitive to the threat and terrorisation of Igbo by suspected herdsmen roaming Igbo villages with their cattle and Ak-47 rifles.”
The union’s place got here on the heels of final week’s killing of 65-year-old farmer, Mazi Ozoemena Iriaka from Umuekpu-Agwa neighborhood in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State and assaults on farmlands by suspected herdsmen.
Iriaka’s killing has additionally been roundly condemned by varied Igbo teams, together with Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, and lots of people and civil rights teams, calling on the governors to get up and shield the individuals of the zone by organising a zonal safety outfit that may work and share intelligence on the actions of herdsmen.
Igbo Union in a letter to the governors informed them that such killing of Igbo residents by herdsmen was routine and the order of the day and accused them of unsatisfactory “response to the influx of Fulani militia into Igboland which skyrocketed during the COVID-19 lockdown.”
The Igbo Diaspora union urged the governors to emulate their South West counterparts which have arrange a regional outfit, Amotekun to guard their space.
Govs kick, say they’re engaged on joint outfit
However, the South East governors have rejected the accusation of not being delicate to safety issues within the zone, saying that they’re working to have a regional safety community along with different measures being put in place to safeguard the zone.
Reacting to the accusation, the Director, Media and Communication of the South East Governors’ Forum, Michael Ike Udah stated that opposite to the place of Igbo Union, USA, “the South East governors are as dedicated to the welfare of Ndigbo and different law-abiding Nigerians as ever.
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“The South East Governors’ Forum is pained each time Ndigbo are killed, raped, manhandled or appear to have been short-changed,” Udah stated.
According to Udah, the South East governors are additionally dedicated to the welfare of Ndigbo and different law-abiding Nigerians and defined that the governors are working to have a regional safety outfit.
“Each state within the area has already bought its personal safety outfit, Forest Guards in Enugu, Neighbourhood Watch in Ebonyi and Operation Kpochapu in Anambra. The situation is identical in Imo and Abia States. The governors are working to harmonize the operations of those safety companies.
“There are some legislative and logistical points concerned right here and they are going to be sorted out over time.
“The governors are in constant dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as their counterparts in other geo-political zones/regions in our country. It is necessary to add here that such dialogue is also extended to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the umbrella Igbo socio-cultural group; Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association; South East National Assembly Caucus; South East Traditional Rulers’ Council; Igbo Leaders of Thought; Igbo Clergy; among others are not left out by the South East Governors,” the governors defined.
INC needs govs to cross anti-open grazing legislation
The Igbo National Council, INC, yesterday additionally known as on the 5 governors of the Southeast states with their state Houses of Assembly to immediately cross into legislation their anti-open grazing legislation of their respective states.
The President of INC, Chilos Godsent in an announcement to newsmen in Owerri, stated that with out the passage of the anti-open grazing legislation, their governors might be tagged enemies of the Igbo.
He identified that the anti-open grazing legislation would strengthen the operation Lion stroll, which was launched by INC towards killer herdsmen in Igboland.