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efi igbo… Warns ndigbo on cow meat

By Emeka Ani

Worried by the constant killing, kidnapping and raping of women by Fulani herdsmen in Igboland, a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Christian Eze cmf, has appealed to ndigbo to stop patronizing Fulani herdsmen by buying and consuming their cows. Rather, our businessmen should embark on native Igbo cattle ranching.

Addressing Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council, at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish, World Bank Owerri, July 20, the Claretian priest said it was our huge patronage of “efi Awusa” that is bringing herdsmen to Igboland. He noted that the only way to stop them from the impunity is to boycott “nama.” He also advised Christians to stop using “efi Awusa” for thanksgiving and other celebrations.

Another reason why we should not eat Fulanicow meat, according to the priest, is the bestiality of the herders who are seen on online videos having sex with their cows and other animals. “This is an abomination,” the priest said angrily. He said there are other sources of protein including chicken and fish.

He appealed to Igbo billionaires, including politicians to use this opportunity to invest in agriculture including rearing of Igbo cattle.

Fr. Eze regretted that once Igbo governors end their tenures, they want to be senators or ministers; none wants to invest in agriculture. He was optimistic that if Igbo billionaires and politicians invest in agriculture, ndigbo will not depend on another tribe for food. He also appealed to governors of Igbo states to encourage and support farmers who want to go into Igbo cattle and goat rearing.

He observed that God blessed ndigbo in so many ways – intelligence, hard work – but they lack wisdom which is responsible for their disunity.

Fr. Eze who is the chaplain of the sub-council as well as Parish Priest of St. Maria Goretti Parish Ikenegbu Owerri, regretted that some Igbo leaders and businessmen are not interested in the agitation for self determination.

“Some of them are also not worried by the Fulani attacks in their homeland and won’t speak out courageously against the attacks so as not to offend their slave masters,” he lamented.

“To prove their friendship and loyalty, you see such Igbo men taking all sorts of titles, including turbaning and dressing in strange attires; and one begins to wonder whether these are really Igbomen.”

Fr. Eze said that self determination could only be realized through prayers and patriotism and not violence and advised ndigbo who feel aggrieved by their situation in Nigeria to storm heaven with prayers for their liberation.

The chaplain praised the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. David Umahi for the great work he is doing in Abakaliki; saying what the governor is doing is a proof that he loves his people. “I used to think that Anambra and Enugu states are pacesetters in development in South-East but my recent visit to Abakaliki showed that Governor David Nweze Umahi is holding the ace,” Fr. Eze said.

He advised other Igbo governors to visit Abakaliki and see how a governor who loves his people works – quality roads and other projects, including regular payment of salary and pension.

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