- The people of Anambra state has been asked not to vote for leaders that supports open grazing in whatever form
- The call was made by the Bishop of Ihiala, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Anambra state, Prof Israel Okoye
- He described the debate on open grazing and allied matters as an unfortunate preoccupation and distraction from some fundamental issues
The Bishop of Ihiala, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Anambra state, Prof Israel Okoye, has urged the electorate in the state not to vote for any candidate with open grazing agenda in the November 6 governorship election in the state.
While describing the election of such a candidate as a time bomb, the cleric warned that any support for open grazing would lead to acute food scarcity.
Okoye, a professor of political science at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, said this during the second session of the fourth synod of the diocese held at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ihiala.
The bishop described the debate on open grazing and allied matters as an unfortunate preoccupation and distraction from some fundamental issues on the economy, education, justice, equity, leadership and others, that needed to be addressed urgently.
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He said: “Although cattle rearing is key in animal husbandry, its politicization and seeming treatment as a national obligation has attracted objection and resentment.
“The assumption that the constitution confers on cattle the right of movement on Nigerian roads and communities is untrue. Another erroneous stance is that cattle rearing is supported by the federal government, such that herders must be allowed to traverse any part of the country with their cattle as a guarantee for peace.
“Armed cattle herders now migrate with their cattle to any place of their choice, occupy forests without the consent of the government in charge to graze their cattle on people’s farms, where they kill, maim and force women with impunity.
Anambra election: What I’ll do in my first six months in office if elected
Meanwhile, Senator Andy Uba, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Anambra election, has listed out what he would do in the first six months in office if elected as governor.
Among others, Senator Uba said he would conduct local government elections within the first six months of his first tenure as governor.
He noted the local government is the pillar of rural development, stating that the outgoing Willie Obiano administration had deprived people of the state of the grassroots governance that they deserve.