By Uche Mbah
In what has been described as part of his efforts to curb the menace of herdsmen attack in Enugu state, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has ordered the demolition of caves in the areas that attacks has been rampant in recent times.
So many has been senselessly murdered by Herdsmen in the state, including seven priest. The last reported death was also of a Reverend Father.
In a swift reaction, Ugwuanyi had said that he needed people who will go to the bushes of Enugu to confront the herdsmen. He never indicated whether they will be adequately armed to confront the AK 47 wielding herdsmen. This order appears to be a repetition of an earlier order given by the government, raising questions on whether the governor has forgotten or wants to play to the gallery and assuage nerves, more so as there has been serious pressures on him from the Catholic community. After the death of the reverend Father, priests in Enugu went on a protest march to the government house.
In his recent endeavor, the Governor went to Ihe town in Awgu local Government Area, specifically Umuogbua tunnel. This was said to be one of the escape routes of the kidnappers. He ordered the immediate demolition of Agbogugu and Isu-Awaa-Agbudu caves to, according to him, enhance the security of the areas.
These are local natural heritage centers, and his critics point out the fact that ordering the destruction portrays paucity of ideas to confront the issue.
Ugwuanyi has been accused of sitting on the Fence on the issue of herdsmen due to his “senatorial ambition after the governorship period. He also does not want to be attacked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after office. You know EFCC goes only after opposition”, said a reverend father recently.
A military base is also to be built at Ihe, where the Reverend Father was murdered-a development many remained skeptical of, since the trust level of indigens in the willingness of the military to protect them has drastically reduced. Only last years, former Chief of Army staff, Theophilus Danjuma, said that the Army is no longer on the side of the people insisting the people should protect themselves.