From Adaeze Onuora, Abakaliki
EBONYI State Governor, David Umahi, has charged the state to make law preventing troublesome herdsmen from entering into the state.
Umahi made this call in a meeting at the Exco-chambers, Government House, Abakaliki.
In his words, “we will meet with our brothers and sisters, the herders living in Ebonyi, we have managed ourselves very well but we are not happy.”
Continuing, “it takes enough of tolerance, patience and spirit of love for the leader of the state to condone what is happening here; if this happens in other states, they will go to war.
A lot of our farm lands had been destroyed by herders, and we have been receiving text messages from different people in the state. So, we will review our relationship with them and we will warn them that we will not continue to tolerate that. We will like to identify who and who are the real herdsmen that have been staying with us in Ebonyi State. And so, we will prevent those of them that will want to migrate to Ebonyi to cause trouble here.
We will make our law restraining troublesome herdsmen from coming to Ebonyi. We are going to register them and know who they are; so that we can say no when anybody is going beyond their bounds.
Umahi emphasised that he will issue a serious warning to the trouble shooters. “Imagine a situation where even the governor will be moving on the way and cattle will be obstructing?
What kind of country is that, we will not tolerate it again; neither shall we say that the herdsmen who have stayed with us for 60 years should leave us.
The governor queried whether they are to open rice farms for the cattle and even go out there and get it for their cows.
“We were told the other day that the herdsmen allowed their thousands of cattle at Ezzillo to finish our rice. In Izzi, Afikpo North and Ivo LGAs the same thing happened. We will not continue to fold our hands and allow herdsmen to continue to destroye our crops; neither shall we take the laws into our hands.”
Umahi however, commended President Mohummadu Buhari for sending troops to Benue State to forestall further killings of the people of the area, but tasked him to fish out the killers and make them available to face the full wrath of the law.