APC national leader Bola Tinubu has called on the federal government to think hard about causes and solutions needed to make decision in ending killings in Benue and Taraba States
According to him it is a sign of progress that Nigerians are protesting.
“The current hue and cry against these killings is hopefully a sign that we are maturing as a nation. That we shall no longer countenance the wanton destruction of human lives no matter the religion, ethnicity or origin of the victims or the villains. If so, maybe this nation is coming of age and none too soon,” said Tinubu at the Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja yesterday,
“It is important that we place the current crisis in proper context. No one should pretend that this evil just suddenly appeared from nowhere. We have been living and dying with this lethal situation for many years.
“In years past, there have been herdsmen attacks smaller than this. There also have been attacks larger than this.
“As we commend these security measures, we must not lose sight of the fact that the problem bears an economic origin. Thus, agro-economic policy initiatives must help shape the lasting solution.”
He noted that it is a reality that nomadic way of life is fast becoming obsolete, and that large scale nomadic practice does not belong in this day and age.
“Thus, herders have no right to cling to this way of life by killing others.”
He advised government to stop their violence but also offer them a viable new way of life by moving them toward more modern, non-nomadic cattle rearing.