State Governors in the South-East region has banned the movement of herdsmen with their cattle on foot through bush paths in the zone.
“We will no longer allow foreign herdsmen to bring their cattle into our geopolitical zone through the bush paths by foot because this is what always cause conflict between our people and the herders,” the governors stated.
The development was revealed in a statement issued by Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the Director-General of the South-East Governors Forum.
According to him, it was the agreement reached with herdsmen in the zone. He noted that henceforth, movement of cows will only be by road using trucks to cow markets.
The SE Igbo Governors further vehemently denied rumours that they had secretly donated lands for the proposed Ruga settlement by the Federal Government.
“The fact remains that no South-East governor has donated any land or intends to donate any land for any of the two programmes for lack of enough land in the entire South-East.
“Governors of South-East appreciate the fact that we have good and law-abiding herdsmen who have been living with us; some of them were even born here. We have been living in peace with them until recently when we started witnessing invasion of our land, kidnapping of our people, killing of defenceless natives and destruction of their farmlands.
“These herdsmen that have been living peacefully with us together with the natives have insisted that this evil as now experienced in our land are the handiwork of herdsmen moving from other states into South-East and most of the time, these herdsmen are not even Nigerians.
“We will not chase away herdsmen who are peaceful and have been living peacefully with us in the South-East.”
The governors further reaffirmed their commitment to selling grasses to herders in exchange for meat.
Naija Buzz News had reported how the South-East Governors in its reaction to the establishment of Ruga Settlement in the zone for herdsmen noted that nothing of sure would be established on any Igbo land. But they are ready to sell grasses to herders in exchange for meat.
According to the south-east leaders, that will be their contribution to support the FG NLTP.
“We are committed to selling grasses and by-products of our farms to support the NLTP for states that have keyed into the programme.
“We ask all our people living outside the South-East especially in the North to ignore the threat contained in the video message by self-styled northern youths. We are in talks with the northern governors and leaders who speak for their people and they have assured us that there is no harm that will befall our people living in various northern states across Nigeria.
Naija Buzz News had last week reported how the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political group, Chief Nnia Nwodo, called on all Igbo to be ready to defend themselves in response to the northern youths who gave an ultimatum for the acceptance of Ruga or the expulsion of the Igbo and other southerners in the north.
“Finally, we advise those beating the drum of war to remember our mothers and children and have a rethink. In a state of war, even your friends could become your enemies. Let us bond together as one people and start to think on how to rebuild our youths whose future we ate up in the time past, rebuild our nation whose patriotism we ignored in the time past and love one another.”
Ogbodo ThankGod is currently the Managing Director/CEO/Group Chief Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He was the Chief Editor at NaijaBuzz.News before his new top leadership role. Ogbodo has years of experience in the Nigeria Media Industry and has co-founded some media companies. He is the founder of Ogbodo Solution Nigeria and 1Push.Ng. He loves playing football and is a strong supporter of Lionel Messi who he describes as the greatest footballer of all time.