Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has described as shameful that South-east governors have resorted to begging in order to carry out their constitutional rights.
He was reacting to the appeal the governors made to President Muhammadu Buhari in an open letter on Tuesday.
The governors had in the letter, begged Buhari to approve their earlier request that he approve a ban of herdsmen moving cattle by foot in the region.
“We plead with Mr. President that we publish this letter to assuage our people’s feelings who erroneously think that no efforts are being made by the leaders of the South-east to tackle insecurity and economic challenges facing the zone and to let them know that her leaders before now have been working very hard without making noise as issues of security must not be discussed in the public,” the governors had said.
They added, “That Mr. President do approve the earlier resolution of the South-East governors banning herdsmen without cattle and movement of cattle by foot in the zone to eliminate increasing cases of killing, maiming, raping of our women, the kidnapping of our people and the destruction of our farmlands mostly carried out by foreign herdsmen and in most cases with the backing of some compromised local herders.”
But reacting in a post on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, Kanu wrote:
“It’s a shame that the Umahi-led SE Govs have turned to begging for the approval of … Buhari on a simple matter of controlling “movement of cattle by foot” in SE. Cattle is livestock. The … constitution allows the State/LGAs (not the President) to regulate it. Sad!”, he wrote.