The Governor of the Ebonyi State and Chairman Southeast Governors’ Forum, Engineer David Umahi says the zone had banned open grazing of cattle in the zone. Speaking at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki he said:
“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.
“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.