Restructure Nigeria to check herdsmen attack, IYC tells FG
YENAGOA—ijaw Youth Council, IYC, yesterday, insisted that restructuring Nigeria will help curb the activities of rampaging Fulani herdsmen in the country. File: Herdsmen Spokesman of the IYC, Henry Iyalla, in a statement, expressed the council’s concern over the upsurge in the killing of innocent citizens by herdsmen. The group described as unacceptable, the mass killings of innocent Nigerians in Benue, Adamawa, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Ondo and Ekiti states on a continuous basis by Fulani herdsmen and several acts of killings in other parts of the country. According to the statement, “It is disheartening to see that while the lives of women and children are lost daily, the Federal Government is busy playing politics with security.” IYC described as alarming, a situation where the farmlands of notable Nigerians like Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was burnt with no arrest made. It added, “The statement by some Northern governors that those calling for restructuring are living in the past and the insensitive statement of the Vice President appointed to chair investigations into herdsmen attack, calling for unity instead of addressing the issues at hand, make it obvious that the Federal Government is paying lip service to the issues of security. “The unity of Nigeria cannot be achieved when the lives of cows seem more important to the Federal Government than the lives of Nigerian citizens. Otherwise, why will the government be focused on taking lands from others to give to herdsmen who are doing their private business? “We note with dismay that the so-called herdsmen are heavily funded, leaving one in doubt if the funds raised from selling cows can afford them the purchase of such heavy arms. Obviously some evil elements are financing these killings and the Federal Government is doing nothing to stop them. “It must be made clear that ranches cannot be seen as being the same as colonies, as stated by the Minister of Agriculture. We want to make it clear that no Ijaw land will be given to anyone to run his private business.