THE Organization of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (OESID) has criticised the decision of the State Governor Dave Umahi to establish grazing reserve settlements for herdsmen in the state.
In a statement Sunday, the organization’s spokesman, Mr Pascal Oluchukwu urged the governor not to impose herders’ programme on the state’s ancestral lands.
According to Oluchukwu, if the governor refuses to back out of his plan to build the settlement for herdsmen in the state, he should be ready for some unpalatable backlash from the people.
The statement noted: “We, the peace loving people of Ebonyi, will not allow the Governor to mortgage our future in his blind support for the Federal Government’s abhorrent agenda.
“This shows that the governor is pursuing his personal ambition after his tenure ends in 2023.
“We cannot accept such dictatorial posturing from a man that was only given a limited time and democratic mandate to lead and not to rule.”
Oluchukwu, who described the herders’ settlement as an outlandish programme, said that “it is a sovereign one that cannot be taken by the governor without recourse to the people of the state, where the real sovereignty resides.”
The organisation’s spokesman therefore called on Umahi to immediately rescind his decision, while urging the governor to appreciate the true essence of democracy by allowing Ebonyi people to express themselves freely.
Oluchukwu stated: “The way and manner the Ebonyi State governor has been cowering and intimidating Ebonyi politicians shows that he does not value democracy.
“Sacking politicians and condemning stakeholders with differing views and opinions is a trait common to dictators and not an acceptable attribute of freely elected democratic leaders.
“We cannot take Umahi’s degradation and oppression against the people of Ebonyi.”