(By Silas Tamuno) The recent decision of the 17 governors from Southern Nigeria to ban open grazing in their states have been commended by senators from the south and vast majority of citizens of that part of Nigeria. In his response to the resolution of the governors from the southern states of Nigeria, former publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Warisenibo Chris Finebone, while commending the governors for the bold step, urged them to liaise with their respective states Houses of Assembles to give the decision a legal backing.
It would be recalled that the decision of the governors, who also demanded for restructuring, equity, fairness and justice from the administration of President Muhammdu Buhari, was informed by widespread allegations of nepotism, promoting the interest of a section of the country over and above others in such a manner that is unprecedented in the history of the country.
Meanwhile, communities in Ikwerre land of Rivers State have been concerned over cases of cows straying into their farms and destroying their crops during this planting season, and there have been reports of such provocative violations in Aluu, Elibrada – Emohua and other parts of the state, a development, many fear could undermine food supply in the state.
In a related development, citizens who spoke with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt also lauded the governors for their timely decision and urged Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to do the needful by sending an executive bill forbidding open grazing into law in Rivers State to the state Assembly for prompt passage into law.