Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, ADF President
The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has described the banning of open grazing of cattle in Southern Nigeria as a courageous and strategic move taken by the governors of the two regions.
In a statement jointly signed by Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, Bishop Obi Onubodu, Chief Abia Onyike, ADF president, vice president, chairman, board of trustees and chairman, bureau of media and publicity respectively, the organization recalls that it had been in the forefront of the agitation for the banning of open grazing in Igboland since 2015.
ADF urges the Southern Governors to ensure that their resolution against open grazing of cattle is backed by the appropriate legislation, saying it is the most potent strategy to prevent the “monstrous and murderous Fulani herdsmen from overrunning their states.”
According to the statement, “the law to be passed in the State Houses of Assembly should be accompanied by clear modalities, instrumentalities and machineries for their enforcement.
“The effectiveness of this move depends on the synergy between the governors, legislators and the people including the civil society organizations.
“ADF wishes to draw the attention of the Southern Governors and legislators to the obvious fact that our fate in the current struggle for survival is intricately interwoven with the fate of our fellow compatriots in the Middle-Belt and Southern Kaduna.
“ ADF notes the gallant and courageous resistance against the jihadist propensities in the Middle-Belt by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom. There is need for the Southern Governors to extend their solidarity to him and the people of Benue State.”
The organization said that in the face of a determined and generalized campaign by the jihadists to overrun Nigeria through the mass infiltration of their forces into several communities in Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt, “there is the urgent need to call on the people to get ready to defend themselves as the security agencies have over time proved incapable of defending the people against these murderous invaders.”