Obasanjo Reveals How Federal Government Heightened Herder-Farmer Crises In Nigeria
If you will fight Biafrans this time, they will wipe Nigeria before one week, Igbo’s living outside Igbo’s land are ×10 the people living in Nigeria, they have 40 million igbo’s living in Nigeria and 70 million scattered around the world – Obasanjo warns Buhari
Over the past few months, the present administration has been criticized for its response to the looming insecurity in Nigeria. Some politicians have given their views on this issue as well as proffered possible solutions. However, the federal government has pledged to put an end to the problem.
Meanwhile, the former president of Nigeria has blamed the federal government for its acclaimed role in heightening the herders and farmers’ crises in Nigeria. Olusegun Obasanjo today, 13 June addressed a letter to the president, Muhammadu Buhari. In this letter, Obasanjo said that it was the unchecked farmer and herder clashes that led to criminality and that is now threatening Nigeria’s security.
In his words, he said that the Nigerian government treated the issue with a “cuddling glove instead of harmer” and This caused the escalation of the crises. The former president said this:
“Herdsmen/farmers crises and menace started with government treating the issue with cuddling glove instead of a hammer. It has festered and spread. Today, it has developed into banditry, kidnapping, armed robber,y and killings all over the country. The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by the Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for several reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship. Perception may be as potent as reality at times”.
However, The retired general said that the best way to resolve this matter at this time is by calling on both parties to table their grievances and then addressing the legitimate ones.
He wrote this in his letter:
“Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue”.
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