Igbo Leaders across the world met on February 6, 2021 under the auspices of the World Igbo Congress Board. Alongside the WIC Chairman, Prof Anthony Ejiofor they “applauded the steps the South Eastern State Governors took to ban open grazing in the States. It is now time to match the words with action by establishing an enforcement task force that will prosecute the open grazing offenders and declare the use of bushes for human habitation a crime. We want to see Open Grazing Prohibition Task Force that will enforce the anti-grazing rules established in the states.
There is an existing law against the destruction of farm produce in the ministry of Agriculture and the governors need to enforce the law by establishing the task force. The government may transfer the ban enforcement to ESN at no cost. It was agreed that the action will eliminate the herders /farmers clashes and bring an end to the use of bushes as a criminal hideout.
World Igbo leaders also called on the Eastern governors and political leaders in the southeast to embrace the activities of the ESN for the protection of lives and properties of our homelands. All hands must be on deck now to ensure that the rate of killings, kidnappings, banditry, armed robbery, and other hideous crimes caused by Fulani Herdsmen in south east are reduced drastically.”
According to the WIC Public Relations Officer, Basil Onwukwe “there is no wrong way of doing the right things. We must support ESN because volunteering to serve is an immeasurable gift to our nation and they must not be discredited or undermined.”