Grazing routes: Igbo youths warn lawamker backing open grazing

The Igboayaka O. Igboayaka-led Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), a socio-cultural group, has warned members of State Houses of Assembly in Igbo land that are plotting and executing the plan of total open grazing law should drop the idea or face the wrath of angry Igbo youths from their various constituents.

The warning comes on the heels of the recent directive by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government for the review of 368 grazing reserves in 25 states.

OYC in a release sent to BBNAIJA ONLINE” on Tuesday, called on state lawmakers from the southeast region to urgently pass the anti-open grazing bill into law in Igboland to save lives and property or be recalled.

The Igbo organization also urged them to emulate their Rivers State counterparts that have acted on the request of the masses in the state by passing the anti-open grazing bill.

According to the Ohanaeze youths, “The southeast governors led by David Umahi of Ebonyi State shouldn’t romance killer fulani Herdsmen but should embrace this call, and remember that it was lack of leadership direction as regards insecurity in Igbo land that made pro-Biafrans to take laws into their hands on self-defense, and the consequence of such act is still an untold story in southeast.”

The group noted with regret about an alleged inducement of state lawmakers from the zone from Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers to jettison the call for open grazing in the southeast.

OYC lamented that over five hundred people had been slaughtered by the dreaded Fulani herdsmen in southeast since 2016, vowing that no amount of money is worth exchanging the lives of Ndigbo.

The apex Igbo youth group in Igbo land also issued 30 days ultimatum to members of the State House of assembly of southeast extraction to pass the anti-Open Grazing Bill into law, as failure to do so without doubt mean that the whooping 5 billion naira was really collected and acted upon.

OYC partly stated, “There will be an All- Igbo Youth Match to the family house of the house of assembly members to demonstrate a civil disobedience from the people. This movement will be more heavy than the Aba Women mass resistance (riot) that made Britain stand-still.

“The House of Assembly members in South East should watch their actions and inactions and as well know that they are commonly living with the people in various communities in Igboland without any form of immunity or sophisticated security detail like the governors, therefore any attempt to take bribe and jettison the anti-open grazing Bill will be a foolhardy that endangers not only their lives but that of family members as well as Neighbors in South-East.

“South-East has become the land of blood spillage by incessant attacks of fulani herdsmen that Enugu and Ebonyi states had most victims of Fulani attacks and our farm lands has been deserted that famine will soon hit southeast, therefore those behind all attempts to collect five billion naira (5b) from Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers to jeopardize southeast security should know that “Ukwu na a ga wamwam, anya na a ga zamzam na ahu ya.”

OYC further called on community youths of Igbo extraction to rise up now and resist any attempt to scuttle anti-open grazing bill by current disgruntled members of State House of Assemblies in southeast.