Thursday, 18 January 2018

South-South Forum Visits Benue As Ohaneaze Leader Claims Some Herders Are Boko-Haram Members





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Leaders of South-south forum under the aegis of Ohaneaze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt Forum, Yesterday Came on a condolence visit to Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom. Leader of the middle belt specifically commended the Governor for establishing the Anti-open Grazing Law and request states in the federation to emulate it. “we are solidly behind you and request you to continue with your steadfastness in the way you have been doing” he said”



President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, both stressed the need for restructuring of the nation, with Nwodo chiding Buhari for not visiting Benue following the recent killings of over 73 persons, saying; "he believes some of those herders are members of Boko-haram going by the way they operates and mayhem.
Responding, Ortom appreciated the gesture and expressed his faith in the unity of the country. He added: “We must protect the interest of all and no one should be a sacred cow.”This came as Igbo youths yesterday issued a 24-hour notice to Fulani herdsmen to vacate the South East or face the wrath.
“Any of them found anywhere around the South East by midnight today will taste the bitter wrath of Igbo youths,” declared a statement by the President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, and National Publicity Secretary, Obinna Adibe.
The group said: “A gang of armed militia is masquerading as Fulani herdsmen to kill our people with the sole aim of reducing the Igbo population and establishing their kingdom in the South.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide has banned and proscribed the outlawed Fulani herdsmen from Igbo land, especially in the 95 local government areas of the South East.”The Council, however, urged “youths not to take laws into their hands”, stressing it “wants the Federal Government to declare them (herdsmen) a terrorist group.”

It commended Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and his Anambra counterpart, Willie Obiano, “for rejecting cattle colonies” in their states, and expressed optimism that other governors would follow suit.

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