Ebonyi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Thursrday insisted that Fulani herdsmen should leave the state, following their nefarious activities, which had, in recent times, endangered the life and property.
The State Chairman of CAN, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Nshii, made the call during a peaceful protest in Abakaliki.
The protesters, who were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions like: “Fulani herdsmen and their destruction” “Killing is unlawful”, “Disarm Fulani herdsmen”, “Cattle rearing is private business”, “Stop killing innocent farmers”, “Let Fulani herdsmen leave our farmers alone”, “We are farmers we need more land”, among others, called on God to bless and protect the state from the hands of evil people.
In a recommendation to the Federal Government, Nshii, stated that, “The Fulani herdsmen should leave our land; they must go. Let them go to enable us queue into the Federal Government agenda.
“There is no grazing land in Ebonyi State. We Igbo also rear cattle but due to lack of land, we use to tie our cattle. We, therefore, declare that our land is entirely for cultivation of rice, cassava and yam.
“We also demand that the Federal government should do all in their power to stop the Fulani herdsmen from carrying arms, killing innocent Nigerians and destroying peoples property.
“Most worrisome is that any attempt to stop them from destruction of our crops leads to their carrying arms against us, killing and burning our houses”.
In a related development, the South East Chapter of CAN, in a communique signed by all its Chairmen within the zone including the zonal Chairman, Most Rev. Prof. David Eberechukwu and Chairman Emeritus of CAN, South East, Most Rev. Dr. E.O. Chukwuma, stated that: “The Association rejects the idea of the grazing routes and grazing reserves bills for the herdsmen as this is against the cultural and customary land tenure policy of natives and people of each area.
“The Association condemns the preference of cow lives over human lives. The Association further notes that the Fulani herdsmen wielding firearms should be treated as terrorists because their activities are just in line with those of Boko Haram”.