The Enugu state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has rejected the proposed bill on grazing reserve in the country, describing it as a private business that should not be allowed to see the light of the day.
The association made its stance known at the Government House, Enugu, during a peaceful protest to condemn and register their grievances over the unfortunate incidents of killing, maiming, raping and destruction of properties of innocent people of the state by suspected herdsmen, especially the recent attack on Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.
Addressing Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, the state Chairman of CAN, Rt. Rev. Christian Obiefuna, urged the Federal Government not to allow the passage of the alleged bill because of the public outcry and its threat to the peace and unity of the country.
He was accompanied by other notable clergymen such as the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Fr. Christopher Ede during the meeting.
The association also commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his stewardship, path to peace and recourse to God through prayers, especially during the Nimbo crisis, stressing that the governor did not abandon his people.
Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi condemned the dastardly act, assuring them that the latest incident in Nimbo will be the last in the state.
The news comes shortly after a senior CAN official claimed members of the Nigerian elite are funding in the Fulani marauders secretly.
CAN chieftain Rev. Testimony Onifade claimed that the cattle herders receive their funds and equipment, including weapons, from ethnic supporters located in the upper echelons of society.