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No Going Back on Open Grazing Ban in Southern Nigeria— Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said there is no going back on the ban placed on open grazing by the Southern Governors.

Wike gave the remark while speaking at a civic reception organized in his honour by the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality of Rivers State in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area on Saturday.

The governor said he had taken further steps to fulfil the decisions taken by the Southern governors in Asaba on Tuesday.

17 Southern governors had met in the Delta State capital on Tuesday where they called for the restructuring of the country.

The governors also agreed to ban open grazing across the region as part of efforts to tackle herdsmen crisis.

Wike said; “Look, I have been in government, I am in opposition, nobody can cow me,” he said. “Magnus (Abe), they know, their government cannot cow me. I will say what I will say and I will do what is right for my people. Nobody will do me anything. I will die the day God says it is my day. Nobody can take my life when it is not time for me to die. So, let nobody be afraid.

“Let me also use this opportunity to say, all those who are saying why should Southern Governors ban grazing – I have taken further steps to fulfill what the Southern Governors said in Asaba. If anybody wants to die, go and die and hang yourself on electric pole.

“We have taken a position and we are not going back. Enough is enough; we are not second class of citizens of this country. We also own this country and we must partake in what is happening in this country.”

The governors’ action had attracted criticisms in some quarters.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, knocked the governors on the call for restructuring, noting that they (the governors) should restructure their states first before calling on the Federal Government to restructure the country.

Also, some northern groups kicked against the decision of the governors to ban open grazing.

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