- The Buhari administration has been asked to regulate herdsmen activities by creating an agency for it
- This call was made by the country's minister of justice, Abubakar Malami
- According to him, the crisis between the herders and farmers had become a pressing issue
The federal government has been urged to create a separate agency for herdsmen. According to the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the agency will help regulate activities of the herdsmen.
He disclosed this while delivering his address as a special guest of honour at the Peace, Unity, and Security Lecture Series at the ECOWAS main auditorium, Abuja on Tuesday, February 16.
According to him, the farmers/herders crises needs serious intervention, Punch reports.
“Nigeria is predominately agricultural in nature and by geography. To that extent, there is constant mobility of herders across the different belts of Nigeria. It is perhaps time to consider the setting-up of a commission for pastoralism regulated by law."
Akeredolu made the statement on Monday, February 15, during an interview on Channels TV.
“What we expect from Mr. President is for him to come out and let Nigerians know that he does not support criminality. He once said, if you find anybody with arms without a license, they should be arrested."
In another report, Buhari claimed the violence that has ravaged Nigeria especially recently is instigated by a handful of influential persons with resources.
This firm position by the president was contained in a statement issued by one of his media aides, Femi Adesina, which was read at the reception of a delegation of Borno/Yobe elders forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In the statement, the president said his administration is poised to fish out this set of Nigerians and deal with them.
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