Anglican Bishops demand anti-grazing law in Imo

Anglican bishops in the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have urged the Imo State government to immediately enact a law to protect the people of the state from callous and unprovoked attacks by armed herdsmen.
Rising from their 28th Provincial Council meeting recently at the Cathedral Church of St Mary Magdalene, Oguta, the bishops also pleaded with the government to immediately halt any plans to allocate grazing fields to the nomads.
They stated, in a communiqué after the meeting, that cattle rearing is a private business and must not be given preferential patronage.
The prelates lamented that the menace of armed herdsmen on innocent citizens have continued unabated and called on Gov. Rochas Okorocha to rise to the occasion and ensure adequate protection of lives and property in the state.
The communiqué cited recent killings in Akokwa, in the Ideato North Local Government Area of the state which, they stated, showed that the state is in danger of more daring attacks.
They also called on the federal and state governments to repair the deplorable roads in the state.
In view of the prevailing economic downturn and pervading hunger, the bishops passionately appealed to Gov. Okorocha to desist from acts that would further bring hardship on the people, such as the demolition of people’s homes and imposition of levies and taxes.  They also called on the state government to “as a matter of urgency” ensure payment of workers’ salaries and pensions.