Governor Nyesom Wike said there is no going back on open grazing ban across the region acknowledging that southerners are not second class citizens.
The Governors met in Asaba, Delta State and agreed to the ban as parts of efforts to solve the farmer-herder crisis sweeping the country.
The decision has been frowned upon in some quarters.
Prof. Usman Yusuf, former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), criticized the move, saying the governors did not consult with the Fulani, a tribe renowned for nomadic cattle rearing.
Yahaya Bello also suggested that a ban on open grazing should only be implemented when there are adequate plans for cattle ranching.
Speaking at a civic reception organized in his honour by the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality of Rivers State in Bori, Nyesom Wike said the decision was cast in stone.
I have taken further steps to fulfill what the Southern Governors said in Asaba. If anybody wants to die, go and die and hang yourself on electric pole.
Nyesom Wike said “we have taken a position and we are not going back. Enough is enough; we are not second class citizens of this country. We also own this country and we must partake in what is happening in this country.”