Senate to deliberate on herders’ crisis tomorrow
The Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi, has said that the upper chamber will discuss the issue of herdsmen crisis rocking the country on resumption on Tuesday.
Abdullahi disclosed this while speaking with journalists in his office on Monday adding that his deputy who is representing Ondo North in the Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, will come up with a motion on the issue.
He noted that it would take the collective and concerted efforts of both the Federal Government and local political leaders to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
Reacting to the presidency subtle support for the herders in the statement issued in the wake of Governor Akeredolu’s directive to herdsmen in Ondo State to register with the government or vacate the forest reserves Abdullahi said rather than involving itself in the issue, the Presidency should encourage political and traditional rulers to play major roles in resolving it.
He said, “This is a kind of crisis that is tending towards governance trajectory where some political actors and ethnic entrepreneurs are coming into the process and spoiling the waters.
“These are existential issues that have set communities that have hitherto been living together peacefully, against each other, either for political advantage or political matters.
“These are issues that should be resolved at the local level either through dialogue or give and take.
“They are people that had lived together, they should come together and engage in a dialogue.
“The Federal Government is too distant to resolve every communal dispute everywhere. Inter-communal dispute should be resolved by the people in the area.
“They should be resolved by political leaders at the level of the National Assembly, at the level of the governors, local government councilors to sit down with their people so that a lot of these issues can be articulated and addressed by the local population.
“This is what the governors at their levels should do not to always run to the presidency, to solve one dispute here and there How many arms does the Federal Government have?
“This is a federation and we are all politically responsible leaders. At the various level where they are they should sit down and talk to one another on this disputes.
“I can assure you that in no distant time these inter-communal conflagrations would be resolved. I think the way it may be resolved is in the interest of this country’s unity and integrity.
“There would be hopefully tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday a general motion will be sponsored by the Deputy Senate Leader Ajayi Boroffice; he will come with a motion on the issue on the floor of the Senate tomorrow.”