Open gracing ban: We salute your courage – IPOB to S’East govs
Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has commended the courage of South East Governors towards banning open grazing in the region.
The group also acknowledged the wisdom of the governors to respect the people’s will, but regretted that the region would not have been overrun by the herdsmen if the governments had not been seized by useless fear and trepidation.
A statement from the IPOB media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, assured the governors that its Eastern Security Network, ESN, would ensure strict enforcement of the ban.
According to IPOB, it ” received with delight the news of a statement credited to the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi, to the effect that open grazing has been banned in all states of the zone. IPOB wishes to acknowledge the wisdom of the governors to respect the people’s will for the first time. If the governors had not been seized by useless fear and trepidation over the Fulani before now, our region wouldn’t have been in this mess.
“We, therefore, want to aver and assure the governors that our gallant Eastern Security Network, ESN, will ensure strict enforcement of the ban which is also in line with a subsisting but neglected judicial pronouncement in 1969.
“At the expiration of the two-week ultimatum already issued by our Leader for open grazing to end in Biafra land, IPOB and ESN will move in to deal with any herder flouting the law.
“Since the law enforcement agents are too weak or have wittingly failed to enforce the ban, we can no longer afford to sit idly and watch the wanton destruction of lives and crops of our people. ESN will do the needful. We shall no longer allow law breakers to have a field day after inflicting physical and economic harm on innocent victims.
The statement added that “… some wicked mortals masquerading as herders are daily openly grazing their cattle on our farms, kidnapping our folks for ransom, killing and raping our mothers and sisters. The security agents not only show blind eye to these unimaginable criminality (sic) but sometimes provide cover for the perpetrators.
“We, therefore, wish to remind all herders in Biafra land that the era of occupying our forests and grazing on our farms is gone. They have to vacate our forests and relocate to cities where other human beings live.