- Elders in Yoruba land have condemned the continued invasion of herdsmen in the south west
- The elders also urged the federal government to checkmate the invasion and unprovoked attacks by herdsmen across Nigeria
- According to the elders, there are alleged 1,123 cells belonging to armed herdsmen located across Yoruba nation
The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has urged the federal government to checkmate the invasion and unprovoked attacks by herdsmen across Nigeria.
The YCE advised the presidency to check the killing activities of the herders, especially in the south west to prevent people from resorting to self-defence and anarchy.
Vanguard reports that the elders said it appears the herdsmen have become untouchable.
The elders listing instances where herdsmen allegedly kidnapped and killed innocent people without any justifiable reason, said they owe the people a duty to speak up on such atrocity.
A statement signed by the president of the YCE, Colonel Ade Agbede, the elders said there are alleged 1,123 cells belonging to armed herdsmen located across Yoruba nation.
Agbede said the cells are said to be well organized and they are said to appear to network with each other as the cells may not be known except that there has been increase in their organisational skills.
“Perhaps, the most challenging issue confronting the present administration of president Muhammadu Buhari is that of insecurity and it is not hidden, the various efforts being made," Agbede said.
"But, one is constrained to observe that the situation is degenerating and when such a situation arises, it needs drastic solution," he said.
He said the group is not oblivious of the great task of the military in nearly all parts of the north and some parts of the south against insurgents and bandits.
“The federal government should resolve to rein in herdsmen and bandits so as not to pave way for a situation where everybody will resort to self-defence which will ultimately lead to anarchy and descend to Hobbesian state of nature where life is short, brutish and nasty," Agbede
The elders also called on the federal government to redouble its efforts at curbing the menace of kidnappers.
“The moment the kidnappers know that they have no hiding place anywhere around the country, they would abandon the illicit venture," YCE stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government plan of acquiring a license to set up a 'strictly Fulani radio station'.
The association said the plan was a validation of comments attributed to former president Olusegun Obasanjo about the planned Fulanisation of the country by the government.
This is contained in a statement by Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the special assistant to CAN president Samson Ayokunle.
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