FULANI FIASCO: Buhari Directs CDS, IG To Deal With Perpetrators
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday directed the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, and the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to immediately secure communities under the attacks of herdsmen and arrest the perpetrators.
Buhari stated this in his speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the public presentation of a book by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, titled, ‘Who will love my country: Ideas for building the Nigeria of our dream’.
Buhari lamented the carnage and destruction of property being perpetrated by the herdsmen, noting that his government would no longer tolerate any form of lawlessness and killing of innocent citizens.
He said, “Let me use this platform to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the attack perpetrated on the Ukpabu Nimbo community in the Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State on Monday.
“I deeply sympathise with all those who lost their dear ones as well as those who lost their properties in the attack.
“I have directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector-General of Police to secure all communities under the attacks by herdsmen, and to go after all the groups terrorising innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue.”
The President added that the issues raised by Ekweremadu in his book amounted to preaching to the converted as his administration was set to initiate a major campaign, tagged, ‘Change Begins With Me’, aimed at getting Nigerians to realise that the change they so much desire starts with them.
Buhari stated, “If we all change our ways for the better, the society itself will change for the better. Our 2016 budget is designed to bring millions of our people out of poverty, enhance the living conditions of the citizens and bring smiles to their faces.
“Anyone, who puts his or her country over and above other interests, will not engage in unbridled corruption, divert money meant for public use to private purposes or divert money for the national treasury into private pockets.”
A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who was chairman on the occasion, condemned the activities of the herdsmen, expressing satisfaction that the cattle rearers menace would not threaten the unity of the country.
He said, “Many years back, we fought a war to remain united, indivisible nation. This was because we believed and still believe that what binds us is far greater than what divides us.
“Definitely not insurgency or Fulani herdsmen’s menace will divide us because with the help of God and cooperation of the citizenry and the gallant security forces, we shall soon conquer.”
Ekweremadu called on Nigerian leaders to govern effectively and use power wisely, saying that was the only way to safeguard the citizens’ interest.
He also challenged Nigerians to show more love for fatherland by rising above tribe, ethnic, religious and political differences.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari, has attributed the massive arms proliferation in the hands of herdsmen to the crises in some North African and West African countries that shared borders with the northern states in the country.
Masari, who stated this while speaking on efforts to attract investors to his state through an economic summit being planned by his government, urged the Federal Government to tackle the menace before it degenerated into something serious.
He said, “There are about seven local government areas that border the local forest that has remained a route that has been in existence since the colonial era. It passes through Mali, Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and also shares the forest with Niger Republic.
“So all the local government areas that border the forest are seriously affected. I will go and see the Chief of Army Staff on the issue of security challenge because we want to attract investors to our state.
“These renewed criminal activities could be linked to the crisis in the north African countries and even part of West Africa, where there has been an inflow of arms and ammunition.”
SOURCE: THE PUNCH
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