The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has criticized the delay in some states in the Southeast in enacting their anti-open grazing laws, as decided at the recent meeting of the Southern Governors’s Forum. She vowed that no antics would lead the region to abandon their ancestral land for grazing.
The group warned the five governors in the zone against entering into any agreements with the federal government over leasing land for the Pasture and stated that once the chairman resigns, such an agreement will never be honored.
The elders affirmed Ndigbo’s commitment to an indivisible Nigeria, but refused to do one Of being enslaved to land where they have civil rights.
The forum also expressed concern over the alleged conspiracy of some individuals, the southern governors’ resolution to move the presidency south in 2023, and supports sanctions against any Igbo -Son and every Igbo daughter “who are associated with this deception and betrayal of the will and will of the people”.
Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, chairman of the forum in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and former governor of Anambra state, told journalists yesterday in Abuja that the southern governors’ decision to ban open grazing was a demonstration of their determination to promote democracy, the rule of law and good governance to enthrone a conducive, stimulating and challenging business environment and an orderly society in which the safety of life and property is a top priority regardless of ethnic, religious and professional differences.
Ezeife stated, “It will expects that every state in the Southeast should not only pass the anti-open pasture law within this period, but also introduce suitable mechanisms for immediate implementation, otherwise the laudable goal of passing a law to minimize conflicts between farmers and herdsmen and livestock and other fashion Promoting pastoral practices will be nullified. “
He continued,” Our people have made it clear that our ancestral land should never be given to anyone and that there is no grammar in governance that can do this. Anyone who wants to waste money should give money to the incumbent governors, but if those governors leave, no one will stick to the agreement made. Hence our governors are warned. Reluctance or even arrogant refusal to comply with this decision is seen as a coup against the masses of southern Nigeria.
“While we praise the states of Enugu and Abia for their efforts to introduce laws to combat open grazing let us set up the other states in the south, especially the south-east and other Igbo-speaking states of the south of the south, with the machinery necessary to comply with the resolution of the southern governors or to be responsible for thwarting the will and desire of our people. “