October 18, 2016

Herdsmen and Farmers’ Clashes Not Buhari’s Responsibilty – Obasanjo

President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said it is not the responsibility of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the lingering clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

The former leader also decried the increasing level of hunger in the country, stressing that it was sad to note that about 65 percent of Nigerians were faced with issues of poverty.

Obasanjo spoke during the 23rd Annual LAPO Development Forum with the theme, ‘Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities’, organised by the Lift Above Poverty Organisation in Abuja.

He said, “Some of the words that have been coming from our leaders, particularly from governors are not helpful! This issue is not a federal issue and another thing, I don’t like about it is that when you talk of Fulani herdsmen, people talk of the President.

“Because the President of Nigeria is a Fulani man, you expect him to solve the problem immediately, that is not his job. And when people make comments like this, it annoys me."

He said during the colonial era, there were grazing reserves in most parts of the North, but wondered what had happened to them.

Obasanjo said, “I need to state that it is the responsibility of local governments to take care of them. Now, states should have even done better, but they haven’t, and then when you have cattle rustling, herdsmen and farmers conflict, you try to make it a national issue. It is not really a national issue.

“For me, the herdsmen are entitled be able to look after their animals but they are not entitled to destroy the crops of the rural farmers, it is unacceptable.”

7 comments:

Hassan Aderemi said...

Baba just hit the nail on the head...... Gbam!

Anonymous said...

Because everything is now politics that is why they will call PMB name if Cow go pass through someone's farm, a matter for state and local government.

Charles

Hector Patrick said...

Shameless old man,part of the reason. Naija is where she is now,he should shut up abeg,

Mujiya said...

Why insult an old man who just spoke the truth. Obasanjo has done well when president even if hatred could not allow you to see.

Anonymous said...

This man has his head so high up Buhari's behind!! How can any right thinking person say Buhari doesnt have to say anything? His body language is what emboldens this murderous herdsmen and he needs to speak up !!! Obasanjo should please just shut up !!!

Anonymous said...

This man has his head so high up Buhari's behind!! How can any right thinking person say Buhari doesnt have to say anything? His body language is what emboldens this murderous herdsmen and he needs to speak up !!! Obasanjo should please just shut up !!!

Anonymous said...

"It would be unfair to blame Mr. Buhari for these killings, which are in part a result of complex interactions between climate change and land use. But leadership is as much about perception as it is about action, and Mr. Buhari has appeared disengaged. It took him months, and much criticism from civil society, to finally issue a statement “condemning” the killings. His aloofness feels, at worst, like a tacit enabling of murder and, at best, an absence of sensitive leadership."- Chimamanda Adichie

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/opinion/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-nigerias-failed-promises.html?_r=1