Open Grazing: Anglican Church Women Back Southern Govs, Say Causes Untold Hardship

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Anglican women in Anambra State have affirmed that they were in support of the stand of Southern Governors on open grazing; saying herders have caused untold hardship to Nigerians.

The women, who lamented the untold hardship they were going through due to herdsmen’s menace, said the ban was a welcome development.

They lamented that many women and girls have been raped, kidnapped, and sometimes killed across the country by suspected herdsmen.

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President of Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild, and Girls’ Guild in the Province of the Niger and Diocese of Awka, Chioma Ibezim, made the position of the women known at Awka Diocesan Women’s Conference (ADWOC).

The conference held at St. Mark’s Church, Aguluzigbo, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state, was the 35th and was themed: “The Name of the Lord is a Great Tower.”

Chioma, who doubles as the wife of the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Chibuzo Ibezim, called on the Federal Government to check the rising level of insecurity in the country.

“There is a need for government to be more proactive in the security of lives and farms of Nigerians as our women and children are the most vulnerable in security and food concerns. The government can do more to restore the confidence of farmers this farming season.

“Nigeria has gone down badly in the security of lives and property. People are killed every day in the North, South, East, and West. We call on our president and the political leadership to prioritise security and restore the hopes of mothers and children in the country.

“Without adequate security of lives and property in Nigeria, no meaningful development can take place. Business thrives in a secure environment. Academic works in higher institutions and even in the middle and lower schools take place effectively when the environment is secure,” Ibezim said.

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