President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the killings of 15 persons in Goronyo and Illela Local Councils of Sokoto State.
The President addressed the incident from South Africa through his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
President Buhari said, “This persistent and unprovoked violence against unarmed civilians must be met with fierce response by the government.”
The President expressed the resolve of his administration to tackle the unwholesome activities caused by bandits across the country. He assured Nigerians that they will not be abandoned to their fate in the face of insecurity.
He added, “Let me, once again, reassure Nigerians that this administration will not abandon them to their fate in the face of this existential challenge caused by banditry. We are taking delivery of military equipment to improve the capacity of our security forces to effectively deal with this issue.”
In addition, the Nigerian Senate has expressed grief over the death of Gen Dzarma Zirkusu and four soldiers recently murdered by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists during a raid by the military in Askira-Uba Local Council of Borno State.
Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), under Order 43 of the Senate Rules, urged his fellow legislators on the floor of the red chamber to pay their respect to the slain soldiers in their fight against terrorism in North-East region of Nigeria.
Bandits Have Killed Over 100 Security Men In Benue – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that bandits have killed over 100 security operatives across the state over the last couple of years.
Governor Ortom stated this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday. The Governor explained that patriotism drives his consistent desire to bring to light atrocities being committed by foreign herdsmen whom he accused of trying to take over the country.
The Governor said, “…Security agencies in Benue state, more than 100 of them. DSS, Police, Army, and civil defence, more than 100 of them have been killed in Benue state, in course of their trying to keep peace, restore peace in our country. So, this is a challenge.”
Governor Ortom stressed that every Nigerian is burdened with the duty to protect Nigeria, its next generation and its territorial integrity at all times, regardless of their socio-political leanings.
The Benue State Governor explained that it would be hypocritical for anyone to say all is well with the country. Ortom stressed that President Buhari means well for Nigeria but that a cabal has hijacked his presidency.
This, Ortom said, has made it near impossible for President Buhari to receive honest advice and act accordingly. He equally alleged that the cabal was working very hard to drive a wedge between him and the President.
Ortom added, “I have always been frank with Mr President every time I have the opportunity to discuss with him.
“Left to me alone, this issue of herdsmen wouldn’t have lasted this long because I have told him the truth and of course, you can see that the ranching programme he started in 2016.
“Today, the whole country will have seen that there is no other way to escape the insecurity that is going on.”
“Except we have ranching in this country because those people who are deceiving in this nation, about open grazing, they are not being sincere and most of the people around are just there to support the presidency and allow foreign herdsmen from Niger, Mali, Senegal, Cameroon from all over the place from even Ghana, from where they were chased away to come and take over Nigeria.”
Fulani Herdsmen Give Federal Government Condition Before They Can End Open Grazing
Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore have given conditions to be met in order to end open grazing in the country.
The herders stated that they are ready and willing to quit open grazing if the government of Nigeria would make finance and logistics available for them to create alternatives.
Brand Ambassador of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Temitope Ajayi, explained this alongside officials of the association while on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The herders pointed out that they can’t suddenly quit the age-long practice because there is no alternative way available to them yet to feed their cattle.
Ajayi further said that there was a need to re-orientate and change the mindset and perceptions of the Fulani herders, farmers and other entities so as to end outdated practices of open grazing.
“There is a need to re-orientate and change the mindset and perceptions of the Fulani herders, farmers and other entities in Nigeria, modernise cattle breeding and end outdated practices of open grazing and other nomadic activities, and bring them up to international best practice,” she said.
They promised to leave the farmlands as soon as ranches that are being proposed by some government officials, particularly southern state governors, are provided for them.