The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum have alleged that the Federal Government plans to “grab lands from communities in Nigeria and hand over to herdsmen” underneath the guise of making ranches.
Recall that the media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina had advised Nigerians to select between their lands and lives because the herdsmen disaster is because of lack of land for the herders to breed their cattle.
However, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum in a assertion, described the “declaration [Adesina’s statement] as a dying sentence on all those that oppose the imperialist agenda of the Federal Government to seize lands from communities in Nigeria and hand over to herdsmen for his or her non-public enterprise.
“Adesina is near the center of presidency to know why it has handled killer herdsmen with child gloves within the final three years and the vanity with which he spoke confirmed they now assume their foot troopers have terrorized us into submission.
“This dying risk is coming after the President advised the Governor of Benue State in January to learn to reside with herdsmen, the Defence Minister claiming that blockage of cattle routes is the rationale why herdsmen are killing and the identical Adesina telling us the killings accomplished underneath Buhari in three years haven’t equalled the variety of deaths that occurred underneath the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“This goes to verify our earlier cost that the position of the President of Nigeria and the responsibility the President owes to the herdsmen are in battle and there’s larger allegiance to the cowtry above the nation.
“If Mr. Adesina retains his job within the subsequent 24 hours, all doubt can be eliminated over the assertion Gen T.Y Danjuma (retd) made that there’s a working relationship between the killers and the safety forces.
“There would be no reason to look for the killer herdsmen again. Nigerians would have to proceed to the International Criminal Court with the charge that what we are facing is state-sponsored terrorism.”