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Grazing: Ban Fulani herdsmen nationwide, clerics tells FG

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Friday Olokor

The Church of Christ in Nations and the Risen Life Evangelical Church have expressed concern over the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen in the country, with a call on the Federal Government to initiate a legislation that would ban their activities throughout Nigeria.

President of COCIN, Dr. Dachollom Datiri, and the Archbishop of RLEC, Samuel Okhisare, made the call in separate interviews with our correspondent.

Datiti described the activities of the armed herdsmen as illegal.

He lamented the rate at which they harass, threaten and kill people in their host communities, especially farmers, saying it  should be a source of concern to the government.

He said, “Any bill enacted against open grazing should be a pronouncement of government.

“For us as a church, we condemn in totality, the harassment of anybody from anywhere in this country because it is unconstitutional.

“This country belongs to us all, and everybody should be given a fair right to live and practice whatever their business could be.”

He added, “But it is sheer injustice for the privacy of people to be invaded by herdsmen, who harass people in their domains and inherited lands. It is sheer injustice to allow that to continue in a country like Nigeria.

“I don’t think the problem is the issue of punishment; they (Fulani herdsmen) should not be allowed in the first place. They should be banned, the government should be seen to be serious about this.

“The government does not seem to be portraying to people in this country that they are concerned about innocent citizens being harassed, dealt with and given that kind of treatment.”

According to him, the Federal Government should intensify its efforts towards curbing the harassment, threat and killings by Fulani herdsmen in various communities in the country.

Archbishop Samuel Okhisare on his part urged Nigerians to pray for the peace and unity of the country as well as for the growth and expansion of the church.

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