Stakeholders and leaders of the Abia North Senatorial District of Abia State, have called for a national dialogue, saying it is the panacea to the rising security trends in the country, particularly the South East region.
The leaders and stakeholders of the area, commended the governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu over the Anti-Opening Grazing Law, supporting the resolutions of the Southern Governors Forum, one of which was placing a ban on open grazing across the southern region.
They berated the Federal Government for failing to tackle the activities of armed herdsmen terrorizing the people of the area.
In a communique issued against the backdrop of rising insecurity in the state and the nation at large, which was made available to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital, the people of the zone, lamented that the Federal Government by its inactions, has failed to promote ranching which they opined, is the acceptable method of cattle rearing.
They posited that the establishment of ranches would naturally annihilate the hydra-headed menace of open grazing.
It will be recalled that the governors, under the aegis of the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum (SNGF), had last week, condemned and banned open grazing of animals and movement of cattle from the northern part of the country to the south.
The governors also called for a national conference to determine national questions bordering on the nature of Nigeria’s federalism and federal character in national appointments, among other issues.
Continuing, the Abia North stakeholders and leaders, in the communiqué, saluted the astuteness of Governor Ikpeazu in significantly improving all metrics of social and infrastructural development.
The people also lauded the governor for facilitating the enactment of the law against open grazing in the state before now, and the formation of the Homeland Security, for the protection of indigenous land, lives of citizens and property.
“We also salute the Ikpeazu-led government for strengthening and equipping Abia State Vigilante Services,” they added.
The communique was jointly signed by Barrister James Okpara (Bende), Naval Capt. Osondu Rtd (Isuikwato), Chief Ndidi Okereke (Umunneochi) and Mazi Donatus Okorie (Arochukwu).
Others who signed the communique are Chief Mba Ukaha (Ohafia) and Hon Abraham Oba (on behalf of Abia State House of Assembly).