Herdsmen crisis needs political intervention, says Lawan


Sodiq Oyeleke

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has said the intervention of political leaders is needed to stop herdsmen crisis and the activities of bandits and kidnappers in the country.

The senate president described political leaders are problem solvers, adding that leaders in the country need to unite against criminality.

He also urged the leaders to resist the antics of divisive elements bent on instigating inter-ethnic tensions across the country.

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The lawmaker noted that “insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and militancy remain serious threats to a secured and safe Nigeria”.

He added that they are challenges that require the collaborative effort of the legislature and executive to tackle.

Lawan made this known in a speech delivered on Tuesday during plenary to welcome lawmakers back from the Christmas/New Year recess, according to a statement on Tuesday.

The Senate president, while appealing to Nigerians for calm in view of the recent inter-tribal agitations and conflicts in some states in the South-West part of the country, described the development as “worrisome and one that requires the immediate intervention of political leaders”.

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“Distinguished Colleagues, the very recent emergence of inter-ethnic and inter–tribal conflicts in some parts of our country is worrisome. The Senate calls for calm. The situation also calls for leadership at all levels of government.

“Leaders must unite to fight and defeat criminality in the Country. Leaders must also unite to fight any divisive and centrifugal sentiments, and tendencies

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“Political leaders are problem solvers. As parliamentarians, we should search for possible legislations to address the issues that tend to create tensions amongst our people.

“We are going to consult and partner with all arms and tiers of governments, in our quest to finding lasting solutions to these ugly developments,” he added.


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