No going back on ban on open grazing, says Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that there’s no going back on the ban on open grazing.
The 17 governors of the Southern states, had at their meeting on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta state, among other things, resolved to ban open grazing in the region.
Speaking at a reception organised in his honour and a conferment of a chieftaincy title on him by the people of the Ogoni ethnic nationality in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, Wike said he will implement the ban on open grazing as resolved by Southern State governors during their meeting.
The governor said he cannot be cowed by anybody, saying there is no going back on the decision to ban open grazing in Rivers state.
The governor urged the Ogoni people to resist any form of intimidation by anyone who wanted them to take the back seat in the scheme of things, stressing that Rivers belonged to people from every part of the state.
While noting that militarization of election in the state will not work, he warned incoming council chairmen in the state to brace up, adding that the State House of Assembly will not hesitate to suspend nonperforming chairmen.
“Nobody should play God. We will flog them again. Militarization of election will not work. Didn’t they bring Army before? Did it work? We will flog them again.
“Nobody can cow me. The government cannot cow me. I will say my mind and I will do what is right for my people. Nobody can kill me before my time. I will die the day God wants me to die.
“Let me also tell those who are criticizing Southern Governors’ ban on open grazing, let me inform them that I have taken further steps to enforce what the southern governors resolved in Asaba.
“If anyone wants to die, let him go and die and hang himself on an electric pole. We (Southern Governors) have taken a decision and there is no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second-class citizens of this country. We also own this country and we must partake in what is happening in this country,” Wike stated.
The governor said he has directed security agencies in the state to arrest prominent personalities in the state, who flout the curfew imposed in the state to check the spate of insecurity.
Wike said any prominent person caught should be thoroughly dealt with, to serve as a deterrence to others.
“Obey the curfew time. It is very important. I have instructed the security agencies to arrest prominent personalities who flout the curfew time and use them as examples. I am looking for prominent people that I will use as examples,” Wike said.

Reported by PUNCH

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