House of Representatives member representing Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency of Benue State, Dickson Tarkighir has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lead by example and act fast on the continuous attacks on farmers and villagers by Fulani Herdsmen.
The Lawmaker who sponsored the Cattle Ranch Bill that has passed second reading in the House said that President Buhari’s silence has forced people to think that his presidency has emboldened the herdsmen’s incessant attacks.
Tarkighir argued that Cattle Ranch Bill which seeks to move for the establishment of cattle ranches remains the solution to the clashes between the herdsmen and farmers. He said that creation of ranches is far better than the grazing reserve routes.
The lawmaker said:
I must say that the incessant attacks by herdsmen on communities across the country has brought a lot of anxiety. Government needs to act fast. I am surprised that the President has been silent over the killings in Agatu in Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, especially the north central valley.
The President has said nothing. People are beginning to think that his presidency has emboldened herdsmen to attack communities across the country because he is a Fulani man who also owns a cattle ranch. The President is supposed to lead by example.
Let him show cattle rearers where his ranch is, show them that this is the best way to graze cattle. If the President can ranch his own cattle, that is the reason why he should preach the idea of having ranches and ensure that those who cannot afford this are given incentives to do this.
The President has condemned the attacks in Brussels and Paris by terrorists, but he has not come out to condemn the attack on Agatu and people are reading a whole lot of meanings to this. He has not proffered a solution since these crises started.