- Senate has finally taken a giant step on the herdsmen-farmers crisis
- The upper legislative chamber has told the presidency to issue an executive order as a matter of urgency
- Almost all the senators who spoke during Wednesday plenary agreed that criminal herders must be flushed out of the forest reserves
The Senate has finally reacted to the menace of criminal herdsmen, with the upper legislative chamber mandating President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order.
During a plenary on Wednesday, February 10, 106 senators decried the pervasive insecurity especially the heinous activities of herders.
Ajayi Borofice, deputy Senate leader, led the senators in a motion compelling President Buhari to issue executive order to flush out criminals and ban open grazing.
The lawmakers also told the president to issue an executive order that will flush out the criminal herders from the forest reserves, Nigerian Tribune reports.
On his own, the senator representing Kogi West Smart Adeyemi urged the federal government to seek help from foreign countries in order to fight the atrocities of the bandits, insurgents and other criminal elements in the country.
“With the rate at which the security situation is going in the country, it will not be out of place for Federal Government to look for foreign support if we can no longer maintain law and order. This is where international support to fight the security challenges comes in.”
Other senators who spoke are Adamu Abdullahi (Nasarawa West), Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe who submitted that all hands must be on deck in the fight against insecurity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu Sani mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, for his long-overdue silence on the brewing Fulani herdsmen-farmer crisis in the southwest.
In a tweet on Wednesday, February 3, the former lawmaker said Tinubu's continuous hush over the ethnic tension generated by the eviction notice issued to the herders in Oyo and Ondo states is because he does not want to "lose his cap."
Fulani herders have been accused of complicity in the rise in crimes including kidnapping, maiming, killing of farmers and destruction of farms in the southwest.