Herdsmen crisis: Watch your utterances, Abdulsalami warns govs

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A military Head State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has warned state governors guard against making utterances capable inciting communal clashes in country.

Abdulsalami, who is Chairman National Peace , spoke on Arise TV’ ‘The Morning Show’ monitored by The PUNCH.

He regretted that Nigerians have learnt form past mistakes inter-tribal wars. He, therefore, called on members the Nigeria Governors’ Forum governors take full of securing lives and properties as well as embrace dialogue.

The head of state said, “The governors have found themselves in a difficult situation. It is their guard their regardless of who and who is in their . Ethnic disharmony is rearing itself all over the place. You could see where the herders are being chased from some of parts of the Southern and their cattle are being killed. Certainly, this heightened tension in the country.

“Some people are also migrating from one part of the country back to their where they feel safer. God forbid this is taking us back to the 1960 where we had a problem that resulted in the civil war. That is myself and the peace are calling for caution so that we do go back to that .”

Asked what the governors must do to quell the tension in the country at the moment, Abdulsalami said, “They must make sure there is law and order in their and they should watch their utterances because what they say, people will take it as an order.

“They as governors should be aware of what they say; they should say anything that will be misread that they are fighting people who are of their state origin.

“Having said that, there must be dialogue between the people who they feel are committing crimes in their areas. Certainly, if some people commit crimes, they should be arrested and prosecuted. It is their to save lives and properties of all Nigerians living in their states.”

Some governors in the country including Bauchi State Governor, Bala ; and his counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, have disagreed lately over the of AK-47 rifle by herdsmen. While said the herders bear arms to protect their cattle from being rustled by , Akeredolu disagreed, saying the statement of the Bauchi governor could usher Nigerians “into the next level on the path to anarchy.”