Ofeimun charges Buhari on herdsmen’s menace
Fayose condemns attack on Ekiti community
As herdsmen continue their onslaught on communities, seasoned poet and governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Odia Ofeimun, has called for an holistic approach from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He warned that the crisis may destroy the country if not well handled.
Ofeimun, who was Private Secretary to the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, lamented that Nigerians and their leaders do not take the country seriously in their interactions.
The guber hopeful spoke at the weekend at a book reading held at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan (UI) organised by the Readers’ Club of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) to brainstorm on Nigeria through the reading of one of the recent books of Ofeimun.
The poet, who kicked off the debate by reading from the nine-chapter book entitled Taking Nigeria Seriously, described Nigerian leaders as “hunter-gatherers who move into a virgin environment which they graze to zero until it becomes a desert and then move to the next land, failing to plan for tomorrow in the process.”
Renowned educationist, Professor Bolanle Awe, lauded what she called “extremely provocative” issues dealt with in the book, especially the issue of indigenes/settlers, and education of children of tomorrow, concluding that the removal of history from the curriculum of schools was capable of making Nigerians not to take their country seriously.
Earlier in his opening speech, the Deputy Vice Chairman of the school and retired federal Permanent Secretary, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, said the club was one of the school’s efforts at “contributing to the knowledge industry in Nigeria”, stating that authors whose books stimulate discourses on Nigeria would be a periodic affair of the club.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday expressed regrets weekend’s attack on residents of Oke Ako town in Ikole Local Council of the state by suspected herdsmen.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Lere Olayinka, the governor said the attack, which claimed two lives, was the height of callousness on the part of the cattle rearers, urging refrain to avoid reprisals.
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