The Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, says the governors had earlier banned all forms of open grazing within the region.
He made this known on Monday while reacting to a call by the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, that the South-East governors should implement the 1969 Anti-Grazing Law in the region to curb herders and farmers clashes.
According to Umahi, the governors had also banned the movement of cows by foot in the region and have begun plans to flush criminal herders out of all forests in the region.
He, however, cautioned Nnamdi Kanu to stop instigating crises in the country by sharing fake videos alleging the killing of Fulanis by IPOB in the South East.
“Governors of South East have been calling on our leaders to speak out on the security of the zone and unity of Nigeria. I read on paper where someone said he was giving governors of South East 7-days to ban open grazing. The governors of the southeast had banned open grazing and movement of cows by foot into South East in each of states of the zone. We are managing ourselves well. What we discuss with the herdsmen is the system in place for a long time
“We are living in a dangerous time. Without patriotism to our nation Nigeria, it is very difficult to have a peaceful time.
“What our people must know is that security is not political. What is demanded of the leaders is to put up programmess that favour the people and foster national unity,” he said.
Umahi also called for the flushing out of criminal elements from forests across the nation to boost the security of the country.
“In our forests today, we have the kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, all sorts of criminals. Anybody staying in the forest is taking a risk when we say that people should move out of the forests. It is for their safety and security. So, I support that kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, and bandits should be flushed out of our forests,” Umahi added.