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Bishop blasts Imo lawmakers over grazing bill

Bishop of the Diocese of  Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has berated the Imo State House of Assembly over the proposal to pass into law the grazing bill. He urged the Assembly to dump the bill, which he acknowledged has generated a lot of tension in the state since it was presented on the floor of the House
Bishop Okorafor who made the remarks in his homily at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Alulu, in Ngor Okpala LGA noted that the piece of legislation prohibiting rearing and grazing of livestock while providing for the establishment of ranches and livestock administration, regulation and control, among other matters, reported to have passed the second reading in the House, was worrisome.
The Bishop maintained that the anxiety in the state was a reflection of the disaffection of the people of the state over the proposed bill. He also cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari not to see the outcry by Nigerians over the herdsmen killings as blackmail because of his being a Fulani man.
He averred that as President of the country, the security of life and property of the citizenry was his constitutional responsibility and urged him to be more responsive to these challenges rather than perceiving them as targeted at him owing to tribe. He said the President should create the requisite structure for peace to reign in the country.
Bishop Okorafor renewed his call on every parishioner to ensure they have their PVC before the exercise closes by 17th August 2018 against the 2019 General elections.
The Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev Progress Okoroafor earlier in his sermon assured all faithful that notwithstanding the threat and challenges  to their lives, God, he said would provide  respite for them in  a manner beyond their expectations, stressing that the battle is the Lords.
Rev Okoroafor expressed regret that the people see their challenges as above them and encouraged them to be resilient, believing that their battles were of the spirit and not of the flesh.
He explained that a young lad as David with no experience in warfare, was able to bring down the mighty Goliath showing that nobody can battle with God. He urged them to bring before God all their troubles, saying they would only be overcomers of their challenges once their hand was clean.

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