By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday in Enugu State asked the 36 states Houses of Assembly to initiate an effective legislation against open grazing to forestall the continuous killing by suspected herdsmen in various part of the country.
The CAN President, Dr. Sampson Olasupo Ayokunle, made this call when he led other officials to donate relief materials including bags of rice, beans as well as undisclosed amounts of money to victims of suspected herdsmen attack in the state.
Beneficiaries of the gesture included the 13 women whose husbands were killed during the herdsmen attack in April 2016 at Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.
Ayokunle said the legislation should not be seen as hatred against a particular group or interest but should be for the respect â€œwe have for human soul and for us to do things henceforth more decently and in order as done in other parts of the world”.
â€œWe are saying these things because of the value Christian Association of Nigeria attaches to the lives of human beings. Nobody should on the basis of any purported provocation destroy the lives of others. No Nigerian deserves to die prematurely especially when you are in your backyards and they come to the backyards and continue to kill them and that is a crime anywhere in the world.”