Veteran Nigerian actor, Pete Edochie, has opined that the South East governors and those elected to represent the Igbos at the federal level have not done enough when it comes to speaking up for their people who are being oppressed. He said that in an interview with BBC News Igbo where he also advised the South East governors on what to do to tackle the problem of insecurity in the region.
Speaking about the failure of the governors to speak up, Pete said he doesn't know whether the South East governors are scared to talk. However, he added that they have not shown signs that something is wrong.
To explain further, he said: "When a Kite dives and carries a Chick, the Chick is not crying for the Kite to drop it but for people around to know that the Kite has it.
"The South East governors have not cried out for people to know they are in distress."
On the issue of insecurity, he opined that herdsmen are the major reason for the crisis in the South East. Therefore, he advised the South East governors to let the federal government know that cow rearing should not be seen as the business of the government but as a private business.
To reduce over-dependence on herdsmen, he advised the government to provide lands in every state where local cows (Ehi Igbo) can be reared for commercial purposes. He also added that the government can achieve that by making laws that mandates people to use the local cow for all traditional occasion.
In conclusion he said Igbos cultivate yam, cassava, rice, tomatoes and pepper but pointed out that Igbos must do more when it comes to tomato and pepper farming.
Source: BBC News Igbo
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