Worried over incessant attacks, killing, raping and maiming of Deltans by Fulani Herdsmen across the state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has cried to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency and importance to introduce policies that would curb the menace of the herdsmen.
Governor who cried out weekend during the 25th coronation anniversary of the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom, HRM Wilson Oharisi III, in Ughelli North local government area of the state noted that the menace of Fulani herdsmen was not restricted to Delta State, adding that “Fulani herdsmen menace is a national challenge, it has become something that is affecting all the states in the federation. The Federal Government should have a policy direction for us to live in peace with the Fulani herdsmen. I do hope that there will be policy direction to reduce the clashes.”
According to governor Okowa, “I want to appeal to our people to continue with the peaceful engagement process while we continue to pressure the Federal Government to have a policy direction on the issue. If all the Kingdoms are peaceful, the state will be peaceful and I want to state that I am proud of our traditional rulers because, they are working in one accord, with the existing peace in the state, investors will come in and our youths will get employment.” the governor asserted.
Governor Okowa who congratulated the monarch on his 25 years on the throne, expressed confidence that with peace, the state was on the path of progress.
The Chairman of the occasion, Olorogun Miller Uloho had earlier paid glorying tribute to the monarch whose leadership qualities he described as exceptional and friendly to investors and non-indigenes.
In a related development, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reiterated the importance of the Church to shun materialism and concentrate more in winning souls for Christ.
The governor made this known weekend during the 70th birthday celebration of the Catholic Bishop of Warri Diocese, Most Rev. John Afareha at the Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, Effurun.
While congratulating the Bishop, the governor opined that “The Church exists for nothing else than to draw men closer to God, it is important that we engage in evangelism, the work in the church is about evangelism, continue to stand for Jesus.”