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“We must not permit the politicisation of this tragedy” – Osinbajo on Herdsmen Killings

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has asked that Nigerians stop politicizing the recent killings in different parts of the country, The Cable reports.

Over 20 people had reportedly been killed in Benue State by herdsmen, while in Taraba, an attack on a Fulani community had left at least 15 dead and many others missing.

Osinbajo spoke at the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Service held at the National Christian Center, Abuja.

He said that the government had the burden to defend the peoples’ rights of existence, religion and other human rights.

He asked that the populace not politicize the killings, adding that one of the reasons the Boko Haram menace persisted for so long was because of its politicization by people seeking to benefit from it.

Allowing politics to play a part, he said, is like pouring petrol to an already burning fire. Osinbajo said:

The first obligation is to religiously defend the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria by words and action.

Rebuking firmly, and sometimes by recourse to law, those who by their word and action threaten to break the bond of nationhood paid for so dearly by the blood and sweat of our military.

Second is to defend faithfully the freedoms and rights that form the fundament of our society in nationhood. We have seen in the past few years how these rights have been challenged by the mindless extremism of the Boko Haram in the north-east and how again our fallen military, the police and even the civilian populace have risen jointly to route these criminals combatants and restore peace in most communities in that zone.

We have also seen even recently the killings that have resulted in attacks of herdsmen on farmers and communities and also where communities have attached herdsmen.

The state of violence and loss of lives in Rivers State, the Badoo killings in Lagos and Ogun, the president has ordered the police and armed forces to deal decisively with these killings to ensure that the perpetrators are found and punished.

He has also through various strategic meetings task security agencies to work to find lasting solutions to these issues. But we recognised that as dangerous and deadly as heartless as these killings are, it is also the danger of allowing politics to play a part and to sometimes as they say pour petrol into an already burning fire.

We must not permit the politicisation of this tragedy. One of the reasons why for years Boko Haram strife was because of the politicisation of the insurgency. They were those who were planning to benefit politically from the tragedy and the painted the opposition then as the perpetrator.

Our obligation is to stop them from playing dangerous politics that could threaten our unity and stability, just as we continue to enforce the peace in the troubled area.

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"We must not permit the politicisation of this tragedy" - Osinbajo on Herdsmen Killings - BellaNaija

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9 Comments

  1. Ese

    January 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

    This man just like modern day pastors is going to defend his source of food and money………Shameless man !!!!!!!!!! yer sir professor to a herdsmen

  2. nene+

    January 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Let thunder fire your mouth! Politicization you call it you dwarf!
    Your sit in hell fire is sacrosanct. The blood spill in Benue , Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Nasarawa the Lord shall demand of thee and thy principal.

  3. Obianuju

    January 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmm. This is so sad. I never expected such a word from my beloved vice president.
    Sir, please say the truth despite what may, for posterity sake.
    The blood of the innocent people in benue, taraba, delta and all over Naija is crying to God for vengeance and I pray that that cry will be answered soonest by the Almighty who is called the Lord of Hosts.

  4. Bowl

    January 8, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    My dear. Pls shut up. You callous idiots. It will soon get you !

  5. Miss Anoni Moss

    January 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    You are such a huge disappointment sir!

  6. Seriously

    January 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I had hope Mr osinbajo will have some sense but he’s just as ignorant and empty like the rest of them. Being a pastor or Christian doesn’t mean be a dummy and detach oneself from reality. The whole thing is already politicized. There’s no way the federal government won’t be involved and included. It’s their duty/job to make the country better and bring unity. Fulani herdsmen are killing others yet nothing is done about it. El Rufai made a statement if anything happens to these Fulani herdsmen, there’s a problem. How evil, wicked, selfish can one be. So the Benue people constantly killed are not human.

  7. tunmi

    January 9, 2018 at 5:01 am

    If we are to be honest, there has been politicization and a lot of deceit going on. Our journalists are either not equipped or supported, and we as a people LOVE spreading news that confirms our biases.

  8. wifematerial

    January 9, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    RESIGN HONORABLY DUMMY OR GET THE SHAME OF A LIFE TIME…………………………………………………..CHRIST IS WATCHING YOU…………IF YOU CAN’T SAY THE TRUTH THEN RESIGN …………….. AM SO PAINED NOW………I KNEW FROM DAY ONE THAT BUHARI WAS A MESS ……………….A VENDETTA PRESIDENT.. POSTERITY WILL JUDGE YOU ALL……………HOW DO YOU GUYS GO TO BED IN THE NIGHT KNOWING THAT SOME SCUMBAGS ARE KILLING INNOCENTS NIGERIANS… NOTHING IS WORKING! HEALTHCARE IS DEAD LONG BEFORE ARRIVAL………..FUEL IS SCARCITY UNENDING DATE……….HUNGER AND STARVATION HAS BECOME ORDER OF THE DAY…… DAY OF RECKONING IS COMING SOON!!!!!!

  9. wifematerial

    January 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    BUHARI WILL BE A MESS…………A RETARD AND VENDETTA PRESIDENT.

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