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'Buhari defending Herdsmen's killing' -Gov. Ishaku

The Taraba State Government has described
as unfortunate the statement made by the
Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, that the
anti-open grazing law in Benue had caused
the massacre of innocent Nigerians by
Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking with the State House
correspondents on Wednesday, the Minister
had identified the blockage of cattle routes
across the country as the remote cause of
the killings by herdsmen.
He also said that the implementation of
anti- open grazing law in some states was
the immediate cause of the killings.
The minister had said, “Look at this issue
(killings in Benue and Taraba), what is the
remote cause of the farmers’ crisis? Since
the nation ’s independence, we know there
used to be a route whereby the cattle rearers
take because they are all over the nation.
“If you go to Bayelsa or Ogun, you will see
them . If those routes are blocked, what do
you expect will happen? These people are
Nigerians. It is just like one going to block
the shoreline ; does that make sense to
you ? These are the remote causes of the
crisis. But the immediate cause is the
grazing law.”
Reacting to Dan-Ali’s statement yesterday,
through his Senior Special Assistant on
Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu, Governor
Darius Ishaku wondered why the Federal
Government was justifying the killings going
on in the country instead of finding a
solution to the problem.
He stated, “State governments are
constitutionally empowered to make laws for
the good governance and peaceful
coexistence in their states.
“The killings were there before the laws
came into being. The laws are part of the
solution to end the killings . We are indeed
surprised that the minister could say that.
“The Department of State Services , in its
report, said the killings were done by Islamic
State in West Africa and the minister is
blaming the killings on blockage of cattle
routes and anti- open grazing laws . So ,
who do we believe?”

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