Igbo Patriots, a group of non political and non religious Igbo progressives both at home and in Diaspora with commitment to the promotion of the welfare, well being and progressive development of our people through good governance anchored on transparency, probity, accountability and social welfare on Tuesday,March 6,2018 stormed Anambra State House Of Assembly Complex,Awka to demand for immediate enactment of anti-grazing bill that would stop further clashes between herdsmen and Host Communities in the State.
In a signed letter submitted to the Office of the Speaker-Hon Rita Maduagwu,Anambra State House of Assembly today titled ”Fervent Request to Enact Anti-Grazing and Anti -Cattle Colony in Anambra State” which was made available to BVI Channel 1 Online stated that the request was for the collective interest of Ndigbo.
The details of the letter read: We are equally concerned about the recent statement of the IG of Nigerian Police, cautioning states not to pass the anti-grazing laws without first establishing grazing areas. This statement is not only irresponsible of the IGP, but also shows that he is ignorant of the place and role of the Police in a democratic society.
The Igbo Patriots considers the quest for grazing and cattle colony bills as a threat to peace and security of the Igbo nation; a covert plot by the Fulani Community with tactical support of Federal Government to promote and advance the Islamisation of the Igbo nation.
In the light of the danger to our future wellbeing, peace, progress and way of life, we wish to humbly and respectfully request the following from the Honourable Members of this distinguished House as the true representatives of the people of Anambra State:
1. Expeditiously act in the interest of the people of Anambra State by enacting the anti-open grazing bill.
2. Enact a bill that will prohibit under and circumstance whatsoever the ceding of any portion of land in Anambra State as Cattle Colony.
3. Empower the governor as the Chief Security Officer of the state; with a law establishing vigilante groups to enable him enforce such law and to protect the life and properties of the people of Anambra State.
May we respectfully remind you that it is your responsibility as the legislative arm of the state government to take all measures possible within the law to protect the people of the state against any measures that will threaten peace, security and way of life of the citizens of the state.
Igbo Patriots will partner with all stakeholders to ensure the promotion of good governance, peace and security in Anambra State in particular and South East geo political zone in general.
Accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!’ The Letter Concluded.
The Letter was signed by the Convener – Obumneke Okafor and other Leaders of the Organisation.
Ndubuisi reporting for BVI Channel 1 online