Anambra: Aguleri Community, Others Issues Strong Warning to Fulani Herdsmen
As the dry season approaches, many communities in Anambra East and their community leaders have warned the government and herdsmen that they will not tolerate cattle grazing on their land.
Their fear arouse following as the dry season approaches, lamenting that pasture for cattle grazing may reduce, and Fulani herdsmen might fall back on their land located on the bank of Anambra River.
In a communique issued after the meeting of Aguleri-Otu leaders of thought, chaired by the traditional ruler of Mkpunando, Igwe Alex A. Edozieuno, with his deputy, Igwe Udorji Ikegbunam of Eziagulu Otu, the people resolved never to allow the herdsmen return to their land.
Part of the communique read: “We agreed that we are no longer ready to live in perpetual fear of the herdsmen or condone unwarranted destruction of our crops, hence, the decision not to allow Fulani herdsmen graze on our land as from this season.
They added: “The Igwes and the entire community in Enugwu-Otu, Eziagulu-Otu and Mkpunando, therefore, in the interest of peace call on the Anambra State Government and all relevant security agencies to warn the herdsmen to steer clear of our land from this dry season.
“We will not take it lightly if we see any cow, cattle or herdsmen attempt to disregard this all important warning,” they stated.
In an interview with reporters, Igwe Edozieuno lamented the losses his people have suffered in the hands of Fulani herdsmen. He said his people who are predominantly farmers now buy food in the market because cattle of the herdsmen ate up whatever they planted in their farms.
To make matters worse, he said, “women from the communities have been severally raped while men who resisted the herdsmen were fought and injured.
“Each time the herdsmen come with their cattle, they chase away farmers from their farm land so that their cattle can graze freely.”
Now that the herdsmen are no longer in the area, the communities vowed that they would not allow them return to their land.
Culled from Dailysun