By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—Immediate past Governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has described the continuous killing of innocent Nigerians by herdsmen as a serious security challenge for the country. The ex-governor said the challengeshould be tackled with all seriousness it deserves by the Federal Government before it gets out of hand.
Speaking with journalists citizens in Minna yesterday, the former governor said: “We saw this problem of herdsmen/farmers clashes coming when I was the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum, NGF, and we had series of meetings on how to tackle it in 2014. The report produced by the committee headed by former Governor Gabriel Suswan of Benue State tackled the problems and proffered solutions which are still useful.
The problem is not tribal but economic in nature because both of the herdsmen and farmers see either the death of their cows or destruction of their farmlands as economic setback to them, hence the clashes. This is why the Federal Government should settle it immediately before it gets out of hand.”
Babangida Aliyu called on the present All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration both at the Federal and state levels to stop running down the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but focus its attention on governance especially on how to make life meaningful for the citizens.
He said with the numerous achievements of the PDP in the past both at the national and state levels, it would take the ruling party (APC) another 10 years to get its bearing saying, “APC should therefore focus its attention on governance and not on criticism.”
On rumours that he has decamped to APC, the former Governor simply said, “I have not decamped and I am not contemplating of decamping. I had the opportunity to do this when I led the G7 Governors some years back on some issues but did not because I did not see defection as solution.”