In what appears to be a full compliance with the 7 days ultimatum issued by the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, to the Southeast governors to ban open grazing of cattle in the entire region, the Chairman of Southeast Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi state governor, Engineer David Umahi said the zone had banned open grazing of cattle in the zone. Gov. Umahi announced this during an APC stakeholder meeting at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki today.
The Governor who said the Southeast Governors’ Forum had also banned the movement of cows by foot into the zone enjoined leaders to exhibit patriotism in their conduct to guarantee 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 South East, we are managing ourselves well, what we discuss with the herdsmen is the system in place for a long time”.
The Chairman of the southeast Governors’ Forum cautioned 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 programs that favors the people and foster national unity”
Gov. Umahi announced his support for the call to flush out criminal elements from forests across the nation to boost the security of the country.
The Governor used the occasion to officially flag off the APC Revalidation and Registration Committee and charged the Caretaker Committees to ensure the successful conduct of the exercise.