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Check spate of killings by herdsmen, Osanebi urges FG

*As Bozimo wants Buhari to be decisive

By Festus Ahon & Akpokona Omafuaire

ASABA—WORRIED by the spate of killings of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen, Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Friday Osanebi, has urged the Federal Government to take practical steps towards curbing the security challenge posed by the herdsmen in parts of the country.

This came as former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to squander the second chance given to him by Nigerians by applying all wisdom in curbing the menace of Fulani herdsmen.

Bozimo gave the advice, yesterday in Warri, in a chat with Vanguard.

Condemning the menace of the suspected Fulani herdsmen, Osanebi called on security agencies and community heads to be more vigilant and collaborate towards bringing the unwholesome activities of herdsmen under check.

Osanebi, while responding to issues raised at an interactive session with journalists in his office in Asaba, said that the problem should be addressed before it escalates, lamenting that the activities of Fulani herdsmen were causing crisis and bringing untold hardship to many Nigerians.

Saying that the matter had not received the desired attention, the Deputy Speaker appealed to security agencies and all concerned to take steps towards finding a lasting solution to the problem.

On his part, the former Minister of Police Affairs, Bozimo, speaking in Warri, said: “First of all, let me say that as an elder of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, I have been standing back to watch how things are unfolding. I don’t want to start by saying that we told you so. That will be unstatesmanly.

“My appeal to the government, particularly the President, is that he should monitor the activities of the herdsmen. It is not easy because he is a Fulani and he is from the North, it is very easy to say that he knows about it and is responsible for it.

“But I will not go that far. I will advice that because he is a Fulani and he is a man who loves Nigeria, and he is a man who wants to sanitize this country, it will be a tragedy if under his watch things get out of hand and we begin to have the Southern and the Northerner people taking arms against each other because of grazing.”


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