• The questionable Asaba declaration offered no solutions
• Promises to take action against shepherds
• Scores killed in Benue, Plateau Midnight Attack
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed his strong determination to permanently address the shepherds and peasants ‘conflicts, but not without reprimanding the Southern Governors’ Forum their youngest Prohibition of open grazing, which he described as an act of questionable legality. The president further accused the governors of politicizing with serious security issues and an attempt to show force.
The presidency’s position was contained in a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Public Relations, Mallam, Garba Shehu insists insisted that the governors’ resolution during their meeting on May 11th in Asaba, Delta State, constitutes a violation of the constitutional right of Nigerians to live and do business in any part of the country, regardless of that citizen’s state
A clue of the president’s mindset came to light last week on Wednesday when Federation Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami compared the sale of spares in the north to the open grazing of cattle in southern Nigeria, which caused the wrath of the governors of the south , high-ranking lawyers and other socio-political organizations However, yesterday, for the first time since the decision two weeks ago, President Buhari assured that the related issue of gun-wielding “shepherds” would be addressed.
Shehu recalled in the statement that Buhari approved measures to end the skirmish recommended by Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture, in April.
President Buhari had approved a number of specific measures, according to Shehu, to combine those of the Minister of Agriculture Permanently end frequent skirmishes recommended by him. The president signed it back in April, well before the actions of the Southern Governors’ Forum.
The president’s spokesman claimed the Asaba statement was banned of open grazing and other acts introduced. The political signatories wanted to demonstrate their power.
“It is very clear that their resolutions do not provide a solution for the add flocks between shepherds and farmers that have lasted in our country for generations. ” he said.
However, the President noted that “citizens of the southern states – in fact citizens of all states of Nigeria – have the right to expect their elected leaders and representatives to provide answers to the challenges facing us Find governance and the right, and instead wash their hands off tough decisions
“It is also true that your announcement is of questionable legality, as all Nigerians have the constitutional right to be the same in every country Enjoy the rights and freedoms of our 36 states (and FCT) – regardless of the country of birth or residence.
“Fortunately, this declaration was made for all that it is supposed to achieve, and for the President, who is right to do so Has done, refused Was more concerned than any other citizen in consultation with farmers and shepherds about these issues, commissioned and approved an actionable plan to clean up pasture reserves in the States, starting with those who are really committed to the solution and adhere to the specified requirements.
“With veterinary clinics, watering points for animals and facilities for shepherds and their families, including schooling, the federal government is taking through these rehabilitated reserves propose far-reaching and practical changes that enable different communities to coexist: helping farmers to cultivate crops, herdsmen to raise their cattle, and Nigerians everywhere to be safe.
“The whole country is very aware of the burden of COVID. The pandemic has taken over public finances for both the federal and state levels. In view of the urgent need to address the ongoing challenges, some of the federal funding for the delayed project is now being unlocked. The real work on fully upgrading the modern reserve system in some of the consenting states should begin in June, “he said.
This comes after at least 100 people have been killed in four parishes of Kastina-Ala Local Government Area Benue State over the weekend after armed men instigated terror against communities. A spokesman for Kastina-Ala’s Council President Tertsea Benga made the statement yesterday.
Benga said over 100 bodies had been recovered from many villages in the four council districts. He claimed the armed men stormed communities and burned houses on Saturday.
Benga listed the villages originally affected, including Vingir, Tse Nyipila and Tse Guji, all in Mbayongo Township, adding, that the attackers went to Kenvanger Mbatyula Council Ward on Sunday afternoon.
He accused the attack on the collaboration between alleged armed shepherds and ‘Gana Boys’ (loyalists of the killed criminal kingpin of Benue, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as ‘Gana’. <) / p>
In Plateau state, 16 people were killed by men suspected of being shepherds in two separate attacks in Jos North and Riyom Town Council, Plateau state. The attack in the village of Jos North in Dong occurred on Sunday evening when the village was besieged with sporadic gunfire.
Village chief Daniel Choji told journalists yesterday that the attackers were under cover of darkness to terrorize the community trigger. He said the attack left eight dead, including five women, two men and an infant.
The fell in another attack in the Kwi village of Riyom Council, just a mile from Yakubu Gowon Airport Attackers entered the community on Sunday night, leaving eight people dead and one injured.