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Ooni, Oba of Benin urge end to carnage

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare Ogidigan II, have sought an end to the killings in parts of the federation through improved community policing and security architecture.

Speaking at the weekend while receiving the Benin monarch in palace at Ile-Ife, Osun State, the Ooni harped on community policing as a potent measure for enhancement of national security.

He noted that Benin and Ife people were brothers, describing the visit as homecoming.

The Ooni urged traditional rulers nationwide to work for the enhancement of national unity and security.

He maintained that community policing would raise the bar of securing lives and property of Nigerians.

The monarch said Ife residents were excited by the visit of their “kinsmen to their root”, calling for concerted efforts to solidify the relationship and uphold the tradition, heritage and everything done by their ancestors.

His words: “We should see ourselves as one big family and uphold our rich culture, tradition and history”.

The visitor called on traditional rulers and leaders of thought to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to what he described as “national embarrassment going on in form of continuous shedding of innocent blood of citizens on a daily basis by Fulani herdsmen.”

The Benin monarch, who expressed grave concern over the level of insecurity in the land, noted that three national issues, including killing by herdsmen, human trafficking and kidnapping, deserved urgent attention by the relevant authorities.

The traditional ruler pledged that he would work with his host to foster the age-long relationship, cultural and historical links between Benin and Ile Ife.

However, a group, Middle Belt Conscience Guard, has commended the National Economic Council (NEC) for recommending the ban on the movement of herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau States.  

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by its national president, Prince Raymond Enero, the group urged the military and other security agencies to ensure that some state governments do not exploit the move to re-activate militia groups to back their sanctioned cattle rustling.  

According to Enero, deliberate efforts should be made to ensure that citizens in the affected areas do not resort to self-help in implementing the proposed ban.  

The group kicked against the summons of President Muhammadu Buhari by the National Assembly, saying the action was a distraction meant to frustrate his policy on security issues.  

Also yesterday, the National Secretary of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Labaran Maku, described the ongoing deadly activities of the herdsmen killing as politics of violence being orchestrated by the political elite.

Addressing newsmen in Lafia shortly after his state-wide enlightenment on permanent voters’ cards, the former Minister of Information in the Goodluck Jonathan government maintained that the herders-farmers clashes were a brainwork of politicians, noting that both parties had co-existed for decades.

He said: “The ongoing killings are a clear case of politics of violence by the so-called elite who believe that they have the monopoly of ruling.

“I interacted with the Fulani and I know what they told me. People should not be deceived to believe that it is grazers, farmers crisis. The grazers are not happy with what is happening.”  


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