OHANEZE Ndigbo has commended the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for signing the anti-open grazing bill into law.
In a statement made available on Wednesday, the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC), Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the group described Governor Ugwuanyi as a shining example.
“We have always said that governance is not about making noise but has a lot to do with action. Governor Ugwuanyi is a man that talks less in the media but does so much for the people.
“While governors are playing politics with the issue of open grazing, he has again demonstrated that he is a man of the people. He has written his name in gold and posterity will reward him for this.
“When it mattered most, he shoved politics aside and rose in defense of the lives and properties of Enugu people. He is now a mirror, a shining light in Igboland. We, the millions of Igbo youths salute his rare courage and we assure him of our continuous support. He should remain unshakeable in his move towards the protection of our people. He has shown himself to be a man we can trust with power at any level,” Okwu said.
The group was not pleased with other states in the zone which it accused of paying lip service to the open-grazing ban.
“Apart from Enugu, no other state in the South-East has passed into law the anti-open grazing bill since the Southern Governors held a meeting where they announced a total ban on open rearing of cattle.
“This is unacceptable, and we have said before that should anything happen to any Igbo community, those governors would be held accountable. They cannot sacrifice the lives of our people on the altar of politics,” Okwu warned.
Recall that the bill, which was recently passed by the Enugu State House of Assembly, is for a law to prohibit open grazing, regulate cattle ranching, and for connected purposes
Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, had explained after the passage of the bill, that it would be cited as the “Prohibition of Open Grazing and Cattle Ranching Law of Enugu State” after the governor’s assent.
Governor Ugwuanyi signed the bill on Tuesday, September 14.