A lot of damage has been done to the security and psyche of the people following the herdsmen-farmers crisis in some parts of the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo admits.
Osinbajo who tweeted @ProfOsinbajo on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is aware of the feelings of Nigerians and the government is committed to resolve the clashes and return peace to the country.
Osinbajo said this while disclosing the visit of a delegation led by the traditional rulers of Batta and Bachamma communities in Adamawa State: HRM Hama Batta, Homun Alhamdu Teneke (JP); and HRM Hama Bachamma, Homun Honest Irmiya Stephen (JP), in Abuja.
We acknowledge that a lot of damage has been done, not just security-wise, but to the psyche of the people; due to the series of attacks, we know people are afraid.
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) January 30, 2018
He Tweeted, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is determined to resolve the herdsmen-farmers clashes and return peace and order to the affected communities.
“We acknowledge that a lot of damage has been done, not just security-wise, but to the psyche of the people; due to the series of attacks, we know people are afraid.”
Speaking on the efforts of the government to find a lasting solution to the crisis, he said, “On the 5th of December, I visited the affected communities in Adamawa State and commenced a series of national consultations with all relevant groups designed to find a lasting solution to the farmers-herders conflict in parts of the country.”
“I also held a meeting on the 11th of December, 2017, with the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa; elder statesman, Mallam Ahmed Joda; and other leaders of the Fulani communities.”
Meanwhile, the Vice President dissuaded Nigerians from taking the law into their hands in the quest for revenge. He also vowed that all structural and emotional damages will be repaired.
Osinbajo said, “We implore the citizens of the affected communities to embrace peace and not seek revenge. It is equally important for communities to disarm anyone caught with arms and weapons. There are laws against unlicensed firearms.
“We will repair the damage that has been done to the infrastructure of the communities and rehabilitate the people.”