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Nigeria’s Governors Want Fed. Govt To Take Drastic Measures And End Killings


The Oasis Reporters

July 23, 2018

Gov. Willie Obiano (left) and President Muhammadu Buhari.

For the umpteenth time, Nigeria’s State governors have called for an end to the rising cases of killings in the country and asked security agencies to take more drastic action to halt the bloodshed.

They made the call on Thursday when the National Economic Council (NEC) met in the State House, Abuja but conveniently when President Muhammadu Buhari was not in the the Chambers with them..

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, who briefed reporters after the meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, stated that there is a growing concern, in the council and elsewhere, over the killings.

“I believe that all the appropriate agencies are aware that the concern is growing and I am confident that they will listen to the pleas of people and do something more drastic than has been done so far,” Governor Obiano said.

The confidence of Governor Obiano, the sole All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA governor in the country might be cold comfort especially as a column of soldiers, some say a battalion, went missing after a Boko Haram attack recently. Boko Haram is the islamist insurgency group based principally in the north east of the country who insist that Western education is forbidden in Islam. The war has been on for over seven years now with no cheery news on when it would end.

The dimension of Fulani herdsmen militia killings has also remained a source of troubling concern in the North Central region where villages of indigenous people are being wiped out for the Fulani herdsmen to occupy.

Kidnappings too have resumed on the Lokoja-Abuja-Kaduna highway, being carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen militia as well.

Still on security, the Anambra governor said the $1bn deducted from the Excess Crude Account for security purposes has yet to be expended.

The NEC has, however, taken a decision to set up a federal project monitoring unit to identify crucial areas for intervention, especially to mitigate flood and erosion situations.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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