MOVED by the unspeakable horror being perpetrated by fulani heardsmen, on the peaceful and law abiding people of Edo State, it is on record that the New Nigeria Initiative (NNI) initiated a bill on the need to ‘Ban Open Grazing’ in Edo State; and it has since been sent to the Edo State House of Assembly, for consideration and passage.
After waiting in vain, we made spirited efforts to see His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, on the need for his intervention.
At the end of the day Mr. Governor directed us to see the Parmanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Agriculture Edo State. A statement signed by the group chairman and Secretary Uwadiae Odigie and
Comrade Igbotako Nowinta,
Secretary reads in parts:
“We were excited and elated when the Southern Governors Forum fixed September 1st, 2021, deadline for Governors in the area, to pass the law banning open grazing in their respective States.
“Now it has been transparently and sufficiently established, that the Fulani heardsmen are the ones unleashing terror and fear, in Edo State, by the horrible and shocking cases of the late Jide Sowore and others.
“Now that many states within the South-South have responded to the September 1st, 2021, deadline; and the Fulani heardsmen are still ravaging our forests and highways with the fiercest brand of terrorism ever, with its attendant catastrophic consequences on our psyche, what is Governor Goodwin Obaseki of Edo State waiting for?
“We are worried about the inability of Edo State Government to respond to this most cold blooded and calculating monsters: Fulani heardsmen, who have turned the state into a sanctuary for barbarism.
Our hopes are becoming evaporated in the face of this sadistic menace, even as we are convinced that Edo State House of Assembly and Governor Goodwin Obaseki will soon do the needful: to bring into urgent reality the ‘Law Banning Open Grazing in Edo State.
“Mr. Governor should please, be on the side of the people”!
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