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Igbo youths hail Enugu Assembly over anti-open grazing bill

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The Youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has hailed the Enugu State House of Assembly for allowing open grazing ban bill to pass through second reading.

With the untoward activities of killer Fulani herdsmen, the Southern Governors’ Forum, at its meeting on July 5, had directed member states to pass the anti-open grazing law by September 1, 2021. But it seems some South East governors are not taking the matter seriously.

President-General of the group, Okwu Nnabuike, said in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, that the youths had reminded the South East governors of their collective decision during the Asaba and Lagos meetings, wherein they announced September as deadline for the implementation of the ban on open grazing.

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The statement reads: “We are happy to announce that the Enugu State House of Assembly, in response to the yearnings and demands of our people, has not only commenced a legislation towards that direction, but has allowed the bill to pass through second reading. This is the reflection of true representation, and we say, today, that millions of Igbo youths are very proud of the Enugu State Government and the lawmakers.

“Nevertheless, we must state categorically that we are pissed off with Ebonyi, Abia, Anambra and Imo states over their silence on the open grazing bill.”

According to the group, this is not the time for any form of political correctness, but a time to key into the demands of the people, adding that true leadership is about listening to the people and leading them accordingly.

No sane government, it added, will pretend and allow a group of terrorists to continue the mindless killings and raping of women under whatever pretext.

It also stated: “We have had enough of such atrocities, and the perpetrators do not seem to have any plan of changing their hearts and approach. It then behoves the governors to do the needful by sending executive bills to their Houses of Assembly, to ensure that the open grazing ban is allowed to take effect on September 1, as anything contrary to that effect would be unacceptable. To put it clearly, should any state fail to do the needful, we shall henceforth hold the governor accountable for any further killing by herdsmen.”

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