Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state at the weekend stated that murderous herdsmen should be treated as criminals, while advising against attaching herdsmen as suffix for Fulani tribe, which he noted, has men and women contributing to nation-building.
He categorically declared that it is morally wrong to stigmatize the Fulani tribe by associating them with killer herdsmen.
The governor stated this while receiving National leaders of the Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim led by its Supreme Head, the Prelate His Eminence Solomon Alao, at the Government House Owerri.
“We cannot be calling Igbos kidnappers or 419ers or Niger Delta people terrorists or militants or Hausa people Boko Harams or Fulani people killer herdsmen because of the activities of few criminals from their areas. That is the issue.
“A criminal is a criminal irrespective of tribe or religion. We cannot allow certain sentiments to becloud our sense of reasoning,” Okorocha said.
He also debunked insinuations that the state has cattle colonies, saying that what the state has is a cattle market located at Lokpanta in Okigwe.
The governor pointed out that the state government is encouraging its indigenes to go into the cattle business because it is lucrative and that government would continue to support them through ranches.
He also stated that the major problem with the country is not true federalism, or resource control or restructuring or Christianity or Islam, zoning or tribalism but lack of wealth creation.
In his remarks, leader of the delegation, Prelate Solomon Alao, said the Church and most Christians in the country are against the cattle colony policy because it will not give Nigeria peace no matter the intentions behind it.
He stated that the Church and Christians would rather prefer ranching.