By Charlse Ebiotubo
Delta State government has announced plans to enact a law prohibiting sale and consumption of cow meat, saying cow meat was the reason for herdsmen presence in Delta communities.
Executive assistant to Governor Ifeayi Okowa on communication, Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, in a statement noted that efforts by the state government and the governor, to check the incessant killing of innocent Deltans are remarkable, but both the Executive and Legislative arm of governments must take proactive steps to curb these deception and enact enforceable laws prohibiting sale and consumption of cow meat in Delta State.
According to him, “Fulani Herdsmen have been around for several decades, going about their businesses peacefully and without any form of criminality traced to them and their activities until a decade ago.
“Their criminal activities grew geometrically and became worrisome and consistent as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as civilian president. It has been alleged that Mr president is a core Fulani breed, a prominent cattle rarer and exhibits strong passion for the wellbeing of cattle and herdsmen.
“It is worrisome that the Presidency and security agency’s high command seem to pay deaf ears to the unlawful killings perpetuated by these herdsmen now alleged to be a militant unit of the dreaded Boko Harram militia group. Their leader is a core Fulani breed and resides in the Sambisa forest for reasons best known to the financiers of the group.”
He added that, “Fulani Herdsmen parade streets in our cities, communities and farmlands with assault raffles; AK 47 and revolver pistols killing farmers and raped young girls and married women in our farmlands, destroying cash crops and invading communities, some in military uniforms.”