Hilltop Club 82 Aba has called on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to toe the line of his South West counterparts and outlaw that activities of Fulani herdsmen in his domain.
The group in a letter signed by Tobias Chukwukerue Amara and Chikezie Aneke, Chairman and Secretary respectively, said that they have followed developments in the state in recent times with deep sense of concern, especially the attacks on the people in Awgu and Uzo Uwani local government areas.
Part of the letter reads:”As peace loving people we are impressed by your peaceful disposition in your reaction to the ugly developments”.
The letter continues:” On behalf of Enugu State indigenes in Abaia State whereby express our heartfelt condolence to you and the good people of Enugu State for the lives of our brothers and sisters which were lost in the incidents, and also convey our strong commendation of your actions thereto”.
“Your Excellency we are if the view that the incidents call for sober reflection, and as it is said, once beaten twice shy. Therefore, it is our humble opinion that your people would be delighted to have Your Excellency toe the line of some governors in the South West by outlawing the activities of herdsmen in your domain”.
The group’s recommendation came on the heels of the burial of nine victims of the April 25 Fulani herdsmen attack on Ukpabi Nimbo.
Gov. Ugwuanyi in his speech at the burial said that the day of the attack will ever remain a dark, sad and solemn day in the memory of the people of Enugu State and indeed Nigerians at large.
According to him,“It was on that day that our brothers and sisters, whose remains are lying here before us, were ambushed and murdered in cold blood and in their own land,adding “We make bold to declare that their death can never be in vain and we pledge to do all that is within our legitimate means to give them justice”.
“Like the martyrs they have become, the spilling of their innocent blood is already saving souls as it has aroused in our people and indeed the whole nation, a burning impulse to do all that is necessary to prevent recurrence of similar incidents anywhere in the country,” Ugwuanyi said.