The Edo State Government has re-emphasised its position that it will not cede any part of its land for grazing cattle in the state.
In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, noted that the government’s position on the matter is clear and has not changed since it insisted that it will not cede its land to herdsmen.
In his words, “Our attention has been drawn to misleading and false media reports claiming that the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has agreed to provide grazing land for herders in the state.
“Our position on the matter of grazing land is clear and has not shifted, which is that there is no free land for grazing in Edo State. Grazing is an economic activity just like poultry and piggery or any other agricultural enterprise. The Edo State Government will not cede any land in the state for grazing.”
“The governor has continually warned against the politicizing of security issues,” he added.
Ogie blamed some political actors who lost out during the election for attempting to instigate the type of killings witnessed in some states of the country just because they are embittered by the heavy loss they suffered in the political space.
He added that, “Thankfully, their plans have failed because of the pre-emptive actions taken by Governor Obaseki and the security agencies.
“We condemn, in the strongest terms, the current futile efforts by these defeated politicians in the state to cause mayhem and chaos among our people.
He seized the opportunity to remind the people of Edo State of the importance of Lent and use the period to pray for peace in the land. “All peace-loving people of Edo State are enjoined to dedicate this Lenten period to pray for peace at this difficult time in the life of our dear country.
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