PDP Govs back Ranching as solution to herders attacks in Nigeria, task Buhari on national unity

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Governors under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, today backed Ranching as the only solution to herdsmen attacks in Nigeria.

The governors under the aegis of the PDP Governors’ Forum made their position known in a jointly signed communique at the end of their meeting which was held in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo state.

In the communique, the PDP governors expressed their supports to the earlier position taken by the Nigeria Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum and recently by the
Southern Govemors Forum to adopt ranching as the most viable solution to the herders farmers clashes in Nigeria.

The PDP governors also threw their weights behind the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to devolve more powers and functions to the States, and reform of various civil institutions to achieve efficiency and equity for aff sections of Nigeria.

The PDP governors said President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to immediately send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution to devolve more powers to the States with respect to security arrangements culminating in some form of State Policing and the general security architecture.

They also urged President Buhari to summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprises the president himself and all State Governors and other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to Nigeria’s unity especally with respect to policing.

They however agreed that the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure the country’s democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks. “The welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority” the noted.

The PDP governors enjoined all Nigerians to work together to achieve peace and harmony with one another, devoid of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and other cleavages.

To this end, the PDP governors called on the incompetent and rudderless APC Government to take bold and deliberate steps to de-escalate and lower tension in Nigeria by concentrating on projects and policies that will enhance and promote national unity and cohesion.