Moved by the unending havoc allegedly been perpetrated by fulani herdsmen, a group, New Nigeria Initiative (NIN) has called on Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to facilitate passage of a law to regulate open grazing in the state.
At a peaceful rally to the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council in Benin City, Secretary of the group, Comrade Igbotako Nowinta recalled that the Governors of the South-South States set September 1, 2021 as deadline for the passage of the law by the respective states.
He said that the group 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
“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 Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Agriculture Edo State.
“We have also been mounting pressure on the Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Marcus Onobun on the urgent need to pass the bill, but all efforts have been abortive.
“Now, it has been transparently and sufficiently established, that the Fulani herdsmen are the ones unleashing terror and fear in Edo State by the horrible and shocking cases of the late Jide Sowore and others; the recent kidnapping of the elder statesman, Owere Dickson Imasogie; plus other isolated cases of kidnapping,
“Now many states within the South-South have responded to the September 1st, 2021, deadline and the Fulani herdsmen are still ravaging our forests and highways with the fiercest brand of terrorism ever, with its attendant catastrophic consequences on our psyche,” he added