The chairman of the South-East governors’ forum, chief David Umahi on Tuesday lamented that the increasing clashes between Fulani Herdsmen and farmers had almost torn the nation apart.
Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state made this known during an enlarged security meeting between all security chiefs, the 13 council chairmen and Herdsmen which took place at the exco-chambers government house, Abakaliki.
The governor warned that any herdsman that destroyed farmers’ crop or wounded any person will be imprisoned for one year and will pay cash for the crop, adding that same punishment would be meted out to a farmer who killed a cow.
“Any Fulaniman grazing cow at night Should be arrested immediately. And there should be no movement of cow in the night. This is our policy statement. the rule is that if you are moving from one local government to another
“I am the chief security officer and I’m directing the security chiefs to do their work. If you see any Herdsmen moving around, he should be arrested. This security meeting is very important and I want it to be properly documented. The minutes of this meeting, I will send it to the President of Miyata-Allah to know our position.
“No cow should move around again at night. It is against the law of miyata-allah. No grazing at night. The law does not permit cow to move at night. And I have said there is no cattle grazing reserve in Ebonyi, no cattle colony. There is no colony. Those herdsmen that have being living together with our villagers should continue to live in peace and that’s our position. Some of them who have lived in Ebonyi for 38 years, you can not ask him to go.
“He is already one of us. Another thing is that anybody that kills a cow of fulani man will go to prison for one year and also pay for the cow. Any fulaniman that destroyed a farm of a farmer in Ebonyi will go to prison for one year and will pay the cost of the farm land destroyed.
“There will be prison attachment and I’m happy that the speaker of Ebonyi state house of Assembly is here and we have to put it in the law. Again, any cattle that destroyed farm land will be confiscated and the Herdsmen will go to prison for one year.
“And any person that killed a cow of Fulani Herdsman or wounds it will go to prison for one year and pay the cost of that cattle. Any person that gives wound to one another must go to prison for 5 years and if the person dies, such person will be charged for murder.
“I will like us to do this agreement so that I get the Herdsmen to sign it and all the community heads will also sign it. It will be a binding agreement between us and the Herdsmen living in Ebonyi state.
“I don’t want anybody to chase the fulani people away but we don’t want more Herdsmen in Ebonyi, they have over 120 settlement already in Ebonyi. Our land is very small and we are doing agriculture. No movement to farm land again.
“The agreement is that No grazing at night. If you kill a herdsman then you go for murder. If herdsman kills farmer, he will go for murder. If you wound any person depending on the degree of the wound, the person will go to prison for 5 to 10 years.
“So, this is the way we will live with the Herdsmen in Ebonyi. We said, no body should come with cow by leg to Ebonyi. There is no cattle road again, and we have to be extremely careful because this particular matter is trying to tear the whole nation apart”, he stressed.
Responding, the state chairman of Miyata-Allah Alahaji Ado Amudu said “thank you governor for this meeting; we accept what you said; this thing that happened yesterday, we didn’t know much about it. It was this morning that somebody told me that there is a fight between herdsmen and farmers at Ivo LGA, and I was very surprised about that.
“I have collected the Phone number of Ivo LGA chairman, so that I send my boys to go there and know what happened, if it true or not. This problem will not come to Ebonyi and I don’t know the reason of the fight in that area. If it is true, I myself will enter motor with the chairman and go there and catch those who are causing the problem. We will not like to get problem with Ebonyi”, he stated.
Buhari Arrives In London [PHOTOS]
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in London ahead of the inaugural United Kingdom-Africa Investment Summit holding on Monday.
This was announced by the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Mr Bashir Ahmad, on his social media handles early Saturday morning.
ORIENTAL TIMES understands that the London Investment Summit would be hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
According to the organisers, the event is expected to bring together African leaders, international business chief executives and heads of international organisations “to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs” to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom.
”Apart from highlighting new perspectives on UK-Africa Partnership for Prosperity, issues of Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure; Trade and Investment; Future African Growth Sectors and Clean Energy and Climate, are expected to dominate presentations and discussions during the Summit.
”With the expected take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area in mid-2020, the London investment summit will provide Nigeria with the opportunity to project itself as a leading investment destination for new industries.”
The president is expected back in Abuja on Thursday.
Biafra: We Have No Regrets Fighting Civil War — Gowon
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has said his administration had no regret going into the Biafra war because it was necessary to keep Nigeria one.
The ex-military dictator said this in a special interview he granted the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, as part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigerian civil war, on Wednesday.
He said, “The war was fought to keep Nigeria one, not for other reasons as is being speculated in some quarters. It is because of this that we don’t have regrets about fighting the war.
“We fought because of our love for our country. That is why at the end of the war, we declared that there was no victor, no vanquished.”
The retired general, however, cautioned those he said were trying to turn back the hands of time with their conduct and utterances to desist from doing so in order to prevent a descent into chaos.
Why I’ll Ensure Free, Fair Elections In 2023, By Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bequeath a free and fair electoral culture when he hands over in 2023 because he is a product of a free and fair contest.
The President spoke at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition on Thursday in Abuja.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, recounted the turnout of Nigerians during his presidential campaigns to the 36 states of the Federation in 2019 convinced him that his re-election was not a fluke.
“The number of people that turned out in every state across the country was more than anybody can buy or force.
“This gave me so much confidence and the election proved that with the votes I got.
“That is why I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election,” he said.
The President told the legal team that he was already looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023, stressing that he was morally bound to fulfil that wish.
“Morally I want to have a clear conscience. I swore by the Holy Book that I will abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I will continue to do my best and I hope that by 2023, I can handover quietly to whoever succeeds me and I wish him the best of luck,” he said.
The President commended the legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN for the outstanding legal successes recorded in the presidential election petition.
He praised the team for the effective legal strategy that thrived in piloting his election litigation.
“You creditably demonstrated a deep understanding of the law and its practices and I am indeed proud of you all.
“I am confident that by securing a convincing and unanimous legal victory at the Supreme Court you have by so doing ensured that the political mandate of the Nigerian electorate is now firmly secured,” he said.
The President added that the legal team’s enormous contributions have affirmed the rule of law and further entrenched democratic governance in Nigeria.
“This legal team is an assemblage of some of the most scholarly legal teams ever assembled in this country.
“I must note that the aforesaid legal successes recorded through your excellence have assisted me in fulfilling this government’s desire for a better Nigeria,’’ he said.
On behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President told the team to accept his commendations and best wishes for their meritorious service.
Olanipekun said the legal victory was won based on the facts of the law, stressing that the President never used his position or office to influence the decision of the Courts.
The lead counsel said: “The courts were allowed to do their job, Mr President and I must commend you for that Sir. Nobody whispered to anyone of us, how we are going to see Judge A or Judge B. That’s the way it should be. Judges must be allowed and be given free hand to do their job.
‘‘Mr President, we are happy to have been called upon and we are happy that we delivered. ’’
On electoral reforms, Olanipekun acknowledged that while the National Assembly was doing something about the Electoral Act, the Act requires some ‘‘rejigging and cleansing.’’
‘‘We are happy to know that the National Assembly is doing something about the Electoral law.
‘‘We are ready to cooperate with them without taking a dime, whether as consultants, whether as legal practitioners, whether as experts. If the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) will co-opt us we are ready to give assistance,’’ he said.
Olanipekun commended the President’s commitment to the rule of law, saying ‘‘it is the surest legacy Mr President can bequeath to our dear nation.’’