Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has urged clerics to warn herdsmen against engaging in activities that destabilize the state. During a meeting with the leadership of the Muslim community at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the governor emphasized his administration’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of residents.
He reminded the Muslim community that while his government supports their businesses, it cannot tolerate the destructive actions of certain individuals who harass residents, kill farmers, and damage crops. Governor Fubara warned that if such behavior continues, his administration will not hesitate to enforce the law against those responsible.
Governor Fubara specifically mentioned areas such as Ikwerre, Etche, Ahoada East, Ahoada West, and parts of Emohua LGAs, where complaints about open grazing and its negative consequences have been received. He expects concrete results within a few weeks by calling these individuals to order. He emphasized that the people should not be subjected to harassment or killed while working on their farms.
The governor assured the Muslim community that he will maintain open lines of communication with them, recognizing their importance as critical stakeholders in governance. In response, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, the Vice President General of Rivers State Council of Islamic Affairs and leader of the delegation, expressed the community’s commitment to avoiding the weaponization of religion for the purpose of destabilizing the state. He pledged the community’s support for the policies and programs of the current administration.
SOURCE: The Guardian
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