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Anambra Poll; Don't Elect Candidate With Open Grazing Agenda - Igbo Bishop

 An Igbo Bishop of Anglican Communion, Ihiala Anambra State, Prof Israel Okoye, has urged the indigenes of Anambra State not to vote for any candidate with open grazing agenda in the November 6 governorship election in the state.

The cleric said this while delivering a sermon at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ihiala Anambra State.

“Although cattle rearing is key in animal husbandry, its politicization and seeming treatment as a national obligation has attracted objection and resentment."

"The assumption that the constitution confers on cattle the right of movement on Nigerian roads and communities is untrue. Another erroneous stance is that cattle rearing is supported by the federal government, such that herders must be allowed to traverse any part of the country with their cattle as a guarantee for peace."

Bishop Okoye blamed herders for all the killings going on in the farms across the country, while also maintaining that they "armed cattle herders" are in a quest to occupy indigenous land.

“Armed cattle herders now migrate with their cattle to any place of their choice, occupy forests without the consent of the government in charge to graze their cattle on people’s farms, where they kill, maim and rape women with impunity."

"The widely held feet-dragging of the federal government in arresting the fast-spreading dastardly acts of the armed Fulani herdsmen engendered ill feelings among the affected populations.”

Meanwhile, Prof Israel Okoye had previously warned fellow clerics to stop deceiving voters;

"We passionately urge church leaders in all churches to be sincerely godly in dealing with those who contest elective and other offices. We cannot afford to be preachers of the word of God while poisoning the minds of people who aspire to govern the state with teachings that are fundamentally unbiblical and inimical to our collective wellbeing."

 "We should rather sincerely do all we can to free the minds of politicians and others from all sorts of parochial fixations that estrange them from God and also make them instruments in the service of the kingdom of darkness."

"We must be mindful of the fact that on the Day of Judgment before God, it would be too late to remind us that ‘God is no respecter of persons,’ ” he said.

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