OrderPaperToday – As Nigeria celebrates independence today, President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians of his commitment to end the farmers/herders crisis which has ravaged the country for decades.
The President during a live broadcast to mark the independence day said people had exploited the crises to sew seed of hatred and disunity amongst ethnic and religious lines.
According to him, “the age-long conflict between herders and farmers that was being exploited by those seeking to plant the seeds of discord and disunity amongst our people, is being addressed decisively. We will sustain and continue to support the commendable efforts by all including civil society organisations, local and states governments and our traditional and religious leaders in finding durable solution to this problem.”
Speaking further, the President warned that anyone found wanting in perpetuating such heinous crime would be decisively dealt with.
“This being a trans national issue; we are working with countries in our region that are also facing similar difficulties to complement our common efforts. In this context I must warn that the perpetrators of murder and general mayhem in the name of defending or protecting herders or farmers will face the full wrath of the law. Meanwhile, we urge all peace loving Nigerians to reject any simplistic portrayal, at home or abroad, of this conflict as either religious or ethnic based”, he warned.
In another development, the President promised to look into issue of climate change .
“We are one of the countries in the world most affected by environmental degradation, as a consequence of climate change. We are signatories to almost all conventions and agreements aimed at slowing down the effect of climate change and mitigating its now evident consequences. The consequences on lives and livelihoods of the shrinking of the Lake Chad and the pollution caused by oil exploitation activities alone make it mandatory on us to be at the forefront of the struggle for a safer and more sustainable environment. We will continue to mobilise international support for our efforts in this regard.”
The President further reiterated his commitment to eradicate corruption which he said it’s the reason why Nigeria was still underdeveloped.
“We are making progress in the fight against corruption and recovery of stolen public funds and assets despite vicious and stiff resistance. The shameful past practice, of the brazen theft of billions of Naira is no more. Shady oil deals and public contracts that were never delivered have become things of the past,” he enthused.