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Umahi, Myetti Allah to herdsmen: Don’t cause war in Nigeria



Umahi, Myetti Allah to herdsmen: Don’t cause war in Nigeria

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state and the National Chairman of Myetti Allah, Alhaji Bello Bodejo, yesterday warned herdsmen over incessant killings in the country, saying their continuous dastardly act may spark-off national war if not halted.
Umahi and Bodejo, however, called for caution in the handling of the herdsmen menace.

They both spoke at Government House, Abakaliki during an enlarged security meeting over recent herdsmen/villagers clash in Enyanwu Igwe , Igbeagu community of Izzi local government which left four persons dead with two in critical conditions.
Leaders of cattle herders in South-East and the South-South states, stakeholders of the trouble community as well as all the security chiefs in the state were in attendance during the enlarged security meeting.


Addressing the gathering, Umahi who described the killings in Enyanwu Igwe village as unprovoked ones, ordered herdsmen around the area to leave the place until normalcy returned to the embittered villagers to avoid reprisal.


He said: “It is unprovoked killings, life is so sacred. You can’t kill people as if they are fowls. Izzi people are warriors, I physically held them not to go for retaliation. The herdsmen there in Izzi have to leave the place for now until I can calm everybody down. The way we are
going, it can provoke national war and it will not help anybody. If there is reprisal, I will hold all the leaders squarely responsible, I will charge all of you for any reprisal.


“The life of every Ebonyian is very dear to me. God forbid, I can’t withstand where 76 people were killed like in Benue, I can’t withstand it. Some people may be fighting to die but we fight to live, let’s use wisdom and handle the matter.


“This is a national problem; we don’t want our people to continue killed. We must use wisdom to handle this problem. It is very easy to say I want all the herdsmen to leave Ebonyi but there are lots of implications.”

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