Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has described the statement in the press credited to Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, asking Fulani herdsmen to leave Ekiti State in the wake of incessant clashes between farmers and cattle herders suspected to be Fulanis saying it is unbefitting of ‘national leaders, especially state governors’.
He said the governor’s statement is as condemnable as the crises between the farmers and herders.
Governor Abubakar who is worried that Nigeria has not been able to find lasting solutions to such clashes that have resulted in the death of hundreds of Nigerians lamented that instead of dialoguing with all stakeholders to address the ugly trend, some leaders were resorting to making divisive public pronouncements.
“In a democracy, provisions have been made for anybody that is aggrieved with anything in the country to seek redress. Instead of resorting to making such public pronouncements, there are laid down laws to follow. On this matter, I am gladdened with efforts of both the presidency and the National Assembly which is conducting public hearings with a view to putting an end to such incessant and senseless killings”, the governor said.
While urging leaders to be mindful of their public utterances, especially on matters that bother on national unity and security, Governor Abubakar stressed that Nigeria is in dire need of everybody’s contributions for it to be great again and for the economy to bounce back. He noted that the economy is being threatened by myriads of problems, such as the unending farmers/herders crises in different parts of the country.