Wike: Southern governors’ ban on open grazing irreversible

Wike: Southern governors’ ban on open grazing irreversible

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, says there’s no going back on the resolve by governors from the southern region to ban open grazing.

The governors had on Tuesday met in Delta state and said it was important to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot.

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, who spoke on behalf of the governors, had said the decision was taken as part of efforts to improve security in the region.

The governors had also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be fairer in political appointments, convoke a national dialogue, embrace the calls for restructuring and establishment of state police.

Ahmad Lawan, president of the senate, had faulted the governors’ request for restructuring, saying they should first restructure their respective states.

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, had also called on the governors to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary in their states to show their seriousness about restructuring.

While speaking at a reception held in his honour in Khana LGA of Rivers on Saturday, Wike said the governors’ demands are irrevocable.

He said their demands must be respected and asked the critics of the decision not to see anyone as being inferior to the other.

“We have taken a position and no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second class citizens of this country. We also own this country,” he said.

The governor said he has taken further steps to execute the resolutions reached by the governors.