Herdsmen Attack: Miyetti Allah Asks Fayose To Show Statesmanship

Miyetti-Allah, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti, HerdsmenThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show statesmanship over the recent alleged herdsmen attack on a community in his state.

The Secretary General of the Association, Baba Ngelzerma, made the appeal on Wednesday while reacting to the Governor’s ban on public grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.

“The statement that the Governor issued, I think he has to exercise some restraint (and) he has to show statesmanship on solving this issue,” he said.

Mr Ngelzerma said on Sunrise Daily that the association was making efforts to meet with Governor Fayose, adding that the association was in contact with its branch in Ekiti State over the matter.

He admitted that there were bad ones amongst them but urged the public not to put blames on the herdsmen until an investigation was conducted.

“Like every other community in Nigeria, we have our own criminals too but then, you cannot jump to conclusion and just apportion blame on a particular group even before an investigation is conducted,” he said.

One-sided Dissemination of Information
The Miyetti Allah Secretary General disclosed that the association had convened a meeting last week, to look at ways of solving the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and various communities across Nigeria.

Ngelzerma stressed that the media had a major role to play in solving the crises while he commended Channels Television for giving them the opportunity to tell their own side of the story.

He condemned the one-sided dissemination of information to the public, urging other broadcast organisations to emulate Channels Television and balance their stories.

One Killed, Five Injured In Herdsmen Attack On Community In Ekiti State

RiversOne person has been killed and five others injured when herdsmen attacked Oke-Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The attack occurred at about 8:00pm local time on Friday.

An eyewitness alleged that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the night with guns, bow, arrows, sword, machetes and shot sporadically, leaving Mr Lekan Arossayin dead and five others seriously injured.

The injured persons have been taken to a private hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state.

‘Reprisal Attack’

Another eyewitness also described the incident as a ‘reprisal attack’.

He said the herdsmen had a fall-out previously with the villagers over their grazing activities in the community.

According to him, the villagers had been resisting the use of their farmlands as grazing fields by the herdsmen.

The Commissioner of Police, Etop John-James, said security personnel had taken control to prevent further attack on the community.

The father of the young man who was killed by the herdsmen appealed for government’s intervention.

For now, the people of the community continue to live in fear, while some are already moving out of the town.

While Nigeria seems to be reeling out of insurgency in the northeast, attack by herdsmen on communities are increasing.

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked security operatives in the nation to check the trend and bring perpetrators to book.

I Will Deal With Rampaging Herdsmen, Buhari Assures Bishops

Catholic-Bishops-Buhari-1Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has restated his administration’s commitment to dealing decisively and expeditiously with herdsmen that have continued to attack communities across Nigeria.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), President Buhari confirmed that heads of national security agencies have been ordered to take all necessary action to apprehend and expose those behind the heinous attacks.

“We are determined to secure all Nigerians and I have told the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies, in very strong terms, to deal decisively with the attackers,” the President said.

President Buhari expressed his personal condolences to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, the people of Ukpabi Nimbo and all other communities that have suffered fatalities and other losses from the recent attacks.

Speaking on other national issues, the President assured the Bishops that he was acting with deliberation and moving methodically to implement his change agenda for the good of the country.

“We need to rebuild our institutions methodically, we need to change the way we do things.

“In the last 10 years, crude oil sold for more than $100 per barrel, but Nigeria did not save. That is why we have found ourselves where we are today,” President Buhari told the Catholic Bishops, led by Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos.

The President assured them that his administration was working very hard to fulfill all the promises it had made to Nigerians, adding that his greatest motivating factor now is the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.

On behalf of the bishops, Most Reverend Kaigama expressed the solidarity of the CBCN with the President.

“We are willing to collaborate with you and with your administration, in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria,” he told the President.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said the bishops pledged continued prayers for Nigeria and the government, expressing their conviction that current hardships are temporary, and Nigeria will soon overcome its present difficulties.

FG Recommissions Escravos Pipeline To Tackle Petrol Scarcity

Ibe-Kachikwu-at-EscravosThe Nigerian government has recommissioned Escravos-Warri-Kaduna pipeline to ensure that both Warri and Kaduna refineries receive crude simultaneously to boost production of refined products. 

At the recommissioning of the 46 kilometre pipeline, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who is also the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said that the development would ensure that the refineries contribute to fuel supply and reduce petrol shortage.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Garba Muhammad, in a statement quoted Dr. Kachikwu as saying that Warri refinery had started working while Kaduna would start production at the end of the month.

The Minister stressed that for the first time in many years all the three refineries and major crude pipelines would be working at the same time.

Dr. Kachikwu stated that Escravos terminal was the heart beat of the downstream sector of the industry and critical to local supply of finished petroleum product as both refineries in Warri and Kaduna were majorly fed from Escravos crude stock.

“The challenge of this country is the challenge of focus and stewardship. For the first time in many years the three refineries are going to be working and it will help in a great deal with the issue of fuel supply and distribution across the country and it will go a long way to manage the fuel crisis,” Dr. Kachikwu said.

He urged Nigerians to be more patient, as the NNPC was working hard to end fuel shortage across the country.

“I appreciate the patients of Nigerians and I am committed and focused to make petrol available to all nooks and crannies of Nigeria,” the Minister reassured.

Insecurity: Sultan Of Sokoto Calls For Greater Unity Among Nigerians

Sultan of SokotoThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad says the continuous existence of Nigeria as a united entity will largely depend on the amount of love and unity that exist among its citizens irrespective of their religious or tribal inclination.

The Sultan spoke at a general assembly meeting of the Da’awa Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) held in Kaduna on Saturday.

In his speech, he stressed that no nation could develop in an atmosphere of rancour and mutual suspicion, as currently witnessed in some parts of Nigeria.

In his advice to Nigerians, he said: “Always show love to one another in order to achieve any meaningful development and peaceful co-existence”.

The Sultan’s call is seen as crucial at this time that a terrorist group, the Boko Haram, is carrying out incessant attacks on villages, schools, churches, mosques and public places in the north-east.

The terrorist group said it wanted an end to western education and an Islamic State in the northern part of Nigeria.

For over three years, the Nigerian Armed Forces have been trying to contain the attacks with support from the international community.

While the military is fighting the terrorist, President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated the government’s commitment to ending the insurgency, promising Nigerians that the moments of peace will surely return.

However, critics have stressed the need for the military to change its tactics, in the operation in order to end the insurgency that has claimed over 2,000 lives since the beginning of 2014.