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Killings By Herdsmen May Drag Nigeria to War, Gov. Umahi Warns


Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has warned that the unprovoked killings by herdsmen across the country may lead to war if not urgently and properly handled.

He was reacting to the recent farmers and herdsmen clash which led to the death of four and two wounded, at Enyanwu Igwe , Igbeagu community of Izzi local government area of the state at government House, Abakaliki during an enlarged security meeting.

Umahi who was addressing the gathering of security chiefs, leaders of the affected communities/ local government, and leadership of Myetti Allah, described the killings in Enyanwu Igwe village as unprovoked killings by herdsmen, just as he called for caution among leaders in handling the herdsmen menace.Consequently, Umahi ordered herdsmen around the area to leave the place until he calmed the embittered villagers down to avoid reprisal attack.

“It is unprovoked killings, life is so sacred. You can’t kill people as if they are fowls. Izzi people are warriors, I physically held them not to go for retaliation. The herdsmen there  in Izzi have to leave the place for now until I can calm everybody down. The way we are going, it can provoke national war and it will not help anybody.  If there is reprisal attack, I will hold all the leaders squarely responsible, I will charge all of you for any reprisal attack.

“The lives of every Ebonyian is very dear to me. God forbid, I can’t withstand where 76 people were killed like in Benue, I can’t withstand it. Some people may be fighting to die but we fight to live, lets use wisdom and handle the matter.

“This is a National problem; we don’t want our people to be continuously killed. We must to use wisdom to handle this problem. It is very easy to say I want all the herdsmen to leave Ebonyi but there are lots of implications”, he said.

He regretted that agreement reached between the state and herdsmen in the area for peaceful co-existence have been jettisoned.

“We banned under aged herders, we banned night grazing in the state. We have no grazing routes in Ebonyi which means that nobody has the right to carry cattle by route  to Ebonyi state and we agreed on that.

“We also agreed with the Herdsmen that the first offender must be prosecuted.  We also said that no farmer should go to farm with gun and no herdsmen should rear cattle with gun or machete, it is stick. We must abide by these rules”.

While addressing Umahi, National Chairman of Myetti Allah, Bello Bodejo corroborated with the Governor that incident killings in the country can cause an uncontrollable chaos.

He said the state has been very accommodating to the herdsmen more than some northern states and warned that it should not be abused; though blamed the incessant killings on minors and migrants. He also called on leaders to handle the matter with caution to avoid escalation.

“Ebonyi state is very peaceful and it is accommodating to our members. It has been so accommodating to our members even more than some Northern states of the federation and we condemn these  killings in this state . There are minors and migrants who are causing these lots of problems. There are also criminals moving as cattle herders who are causing these havoc.

“The Chairman of Myetti Allah of various states in the south east and south are all here and we are not happy with what happened, we condemn these killings in totality.

“Nigeria is confronted with so many security challenges and one of them is the unfortunate farmer/herder conflict. If this conflict is not resolved, it has the potential of throwing this country into unnecessary chaos”, he said.



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