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By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki

The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) headed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, has called on Southeast governors to think towards a bill prohibiting grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the zone; a measure he said, would help to reduce killings by herdsmen.

A release signed by Comrade Obinna Achionye and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Deputy President and Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, respectively, called on leaders of the zone to emulate the Benue state governor, Ortom Samuel.

They, however, commended the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for reacting to the issue of insecurity and incessant attacks by hoodlums suspected to be murderous Fulani herdsmen, who allegedly killed the Enugu Catholic priest, Paul Offu; and subsequently kidnapped Igwe Sunday Orji, traditional ruler of Obom, Agbogugu community in the Agwu local government area of Enugu state alongside his wife.

It reads, “But after the murder of the Enugu Catholic priest, Paul Offu, the murderous Fulani herdsmen had kidnapped a traditional ruler of Obom, Agbogugu community in the Agwu local government area of Enugu state. Igwe Sunday Orji was abducted alongside his wife on August 1, at Ogbaku community, near Agwu Junction, along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway. This is a confirmation that the murderous Fulani herdsmen are out to destabilise the peaceful atmosphere of Southeast.

“Following the establishment of 1,700 forest guards, Enugu state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had demonstrated his commitment of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens of Enugu state. But fighting terrorists and murderous herdsmen with 1700 youths decorated with primitive den guns against well sophisticated AK-47, Fulani mercenaries/herdsmen is signing their death warrants and commissioned ignorant youths without proper training.

“From intelligence reports, Agwu Junction, Enugu state, along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway, is the  safe haven and den of killer herdsmen and Fulani mercenaries/ bandits, carrying out their jihad against Igbos; and it appears that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACABAN) is enjoying the festival of deaths being committed on the soil of Ndigbo, since after the rejection of RUGA and Fulani vigilante.

“We appeal to motorists to beware of this spot as it appears that Southeast governors are not in a haste to tackle this dangerous trends being perpetuate in the broad day light, as we are aware that the governors compensate Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Southeast zone, with N500,000 over any cow killed in any dispute between herders/ farmers, while the farmers are compensated with little stipends of N6,000.

“We are equally aware that the murderous herdsmen are now spreading towards Uburu and Okposi forests in Ohazara local government area of Ebonyi. They have been sighted in Uturu in Isuikwuato local government area Abia and Okigwe in Imo state and Isuochi/Umunze Road in Anambra.

“We are watching keenly as they are gradually spreading in platoons across Southeast. We wish to appeal to Southeast governors that it is only dreadful Bakassi Boys and Biafra agitators and ogbunigwe militia that should be restructured into forest guards to deal ruthlessly with the killer herdsmen.

“This is because there is sabotage among security agents, who are helpless and insincere to engage the herdsmen operating in our forests. Our governors should borrow a leaf from Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom; and implement anti grazing bill, as those Fulani herdsmen have moved down to Southeast from middle belt”, it stated.


Buhari launches campaign  on exclusive breastfeeding (LEAD 3)

Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has launched the National Zero Water Campaign towards reducing stunting and severe acute malnutrition in the country.

Buhari, represented by Dr. Mairo Al-Makura, the wife of former Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, said the campaign would go a long way in improving the nutritional indices in Nigeria. She said the campaign was aimed at changing the narratives of nutrition in Nigeria and pushes the exclusive breastfeeding rate to above 50 per cent, which was the global target.

She lamented that Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children with a national prevalence rate of 32 per cent among children under five.

She added that an estimated two and a half million of our children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), but only two out of 10 children affected are currently reached with treatment.

Buhari said there were lots of benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, child, family, community and indeed, for our nation.

According to her, breastfeeding, specifically, contributes to the health and well-being of mother and child.

“It helps in child spacing and it is also known to contribute to reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancers. While it is a secure way of feeding, it is safe for the environment.

“Apart from the fact that it reduces infant mortality due to childhood diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia, it also creates bond between the mother and child,’’ she said.

The first lady affirmed her commitment to align with all relevant stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of the Zero Water Campaign through her Future Assured Programme.

Earlier, the director, Department of Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebiyi Adebimpe, said breastfeeding is known to be the most single cost-effective high impact method of feeding infants and young children.

She added that breast milk provides adequate nutrients from the first day of birth up to two years.

However, the director lamented that exclusive breastfeeding rate in Nigeria remains one of the lowest in the world.

According her, the 2018 National Nutrition Health Survey (NNHS), shows that only about one in three of our children are exclusively breastfed.

“The National Zero Water Campaign should address the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the country,’’ she said.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi, said the ministry, in collaboration with partners, has developed the campaign.

Mashi, represented by the director, Health Research and Statistics, said the campaign would run for two years, and it would draw the attention of the community to the importance of early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding.

The campaign was designed to harness the potentials of different social mobilisation strategies as articulated in the National Social and Behavioural Change Communication Strategy (SBCC) for infant and young child feeding (2017). (NAN)

Police kills 3 suspected kidnappers, arrests 5 at East-West Road (News)

By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers state police command says it shot 3 dead and arrested 5 persons in their attempt to kidnap a 16 seater bus travelling from Port Harcourt to Lagos at Rumuodogo axis of the East West Road in Emuoha local government area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Nnamdi Omoni, told journalists that the kidnapers had shot at the driver and two tires of the commercial vehicle in a bid to force the driver to stop.

‘’The courageous driver was able to steer the vehicle to a safe place where men of the newly inaugurated Operations Sting engaged the hoodlums to a gun battle.”

Omoni said men of the new security programme recently launched by Governor Nyesom Wike, Operations Sting, chased the fleeing criminals into the forest and shot three of them and also combed the forest, and, to their amazement, saw five men waiting to receive the kidnapped victims.

He said the command recovered from the camp cache of arms and ammunition, food stuffs. police camouflage, identity cards, AK47 riffles and some magazines.

He said the five men arrested in the forest are helping police with investigation.

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