The issue of the alleged Grazing reserve bill before the National Assembly is becoming more confusing by the day. While Many respected Nigerians have not stopped criticizing it as something that is actually being considered, some others like the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, insists that there is no grazing reserve bill before the Assembly. Which do we then believe?
After a meeting of the South East governors and stakeholders held in Enugu on Sunday, the Deputy Senate President addressed newsmen saying there was no grazing reserve bill before the National Assembly and that even if it was brought before the House, it will not be supported. He, therefore, made it known that the claimed bill for the creation of grazing reserves was a “hoax’’, adding that it is the responsibility of the press to stop the circulation of such unverified reports. He said:
“There is no such proposal or bill on the creation of grazing reserves either in the Senate or House of Representatives.
“Nobody is considering it; not even at the executive level. I do not think they are considering it but we will not support it even if it has been considered.”
The meeting according to Ekweremadu was called with respect to the suspected Fulani herdsmen attack on the people of Uzo Uwani. He stated that the meeting formally assessed all that happened since then with the intention of instituting change and appreciated all stakeholders who had shown sympathy to victims of the attack.
The lawmaker also revealed that they looked at a concrete and more coordinated approach on how to protect the lives of people and keep the menace of the herdsmen in check in order to prevent a re-occurrence.
“The South East governors proposed to meet today to review these matters but regrettably, the message did not get to Imo and Anambra governors.
“So you can see mainly the PDP governors are here. So, they had to review the matter and more importantly, ensure that every governor will be in attendance in the next meeting.
“The meeting is rescheduled within the week where all the governors are expected to be in attendance”.