Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum said terrorist herdsmen with AK47 killing and kidnapping people in the region are foreigners.
Umahi stated this in Abuja while speaking with reporters after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The mistake people make is that leaders in this country including governors are not supposed to be talking carelessly, security matters are not discussed on the pages of newspapers.
“But we have to speak out now just to encourage our people let them know that we are doing everything possible to secure their lives. In our states, we have forest guards, vigilance groups, committees from the village level to the community to local government to the state level that interface with any kind of crisis arising from natives to farmers and herdsmen.
“We have been doing everything possible and that is why you see a lot of calm in our states. But when these herdsmen that are terrorists and foreigners found their ways to the south-east, we started having the real insecurity problem and that is why we have to ban them from coming to the Southeast.
“This banning of terrorist herdsmen with AK47 is in agreement with traditional herdsmen, they are also not happy with what is happening – going into kidnapping, raping our women and making the farmlands very much insecure and people are afraid of going to farms now and the resultant effect will be catastrophic because traditionally, we are farmers.
“It’s not as if we have not been doing things, we’ve been doing things but we can’t begin to shout on the pages of newspapers on what we are doing about security.”