The Edo State Government has vowed not to cede any part of its land to herdsmen for grazing of cattle.
In a statement on Thursday, Secretary to the State Government, SSG Osarodion Ogie, said the government’s position on the matter is clear and has not shifted since it insisted that it would not cede its land to herdsmen.
According to Ogie, “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”.
According to the statement, “The governor has continually warned against the politicising of security issues,” noting that some political actors were trying to instigate the type of killings witnessed in some states in the country just because they were embittered by the heavy loss they suffered in the political space.
“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”.
The government called on all peace-loving people of the state to dedicate this Lenten period to pray for peace “at this difficult time in the life of our dear country.”
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