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Government urged to rein on rampaging herdsmen

03 March 2016, 11:09Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Pro-democracy groups have urged government to intervene in the wake of deadly clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some parts of the country.

The Good Governance Advocates and Shadow Cabinet made the appeal as the cattle rearers were blamed for the loss of lives.

“The number of people being sent to their early graves by these bloodthirsty, heartless and barbaric group call Fulani herdsmen is on the increase daily and our leaders seem hapless to curb this menace,” Good Governance Advocates spokesperson, Ifedayo Obi, said.

Obi said the losses emanating from the “cancerous” activities of the herdsmen outnumbered that of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Obi claimed today’s Fulani herdsmen, aside maiming and mutilating fellow humans and destroying farmlands, were now involved in brazen shows of daylight kidnappings and armed robbery.

Also read: Herdsmen rape women, destroy farmlands in Ogun

“They now have access to an assortment of sophisticated weaponry,” Obi said.

“Going by these developments, our leaders ought to see reasons why the old practice of transhumance cannot work any longer. Anyone standing on a section of our constitution that says there should not be restriction to movement of people and animals within the country to justify these deleterious acts by Fulani cattle rearers needs to be more humane and have a serious rethink.”

The organisation’s sentiments follow sentiments come amid deadly clashes blamed on the nomadic herdsmen.

“Good Governance Advocates in partnership with Shadow Cabinet of Nigeria hereby declare to all concerned authorities who should be involved in curbing this transhumance menace and adopt ranching system now,” Obi said.

- CAJ News


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