Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II have called on the authorities to do any thing within their powers to stop the incessant killings ongoing in Nigeria by the alleged Fulani herdsmen.
In different statements by the duo, Soyinka said on Sunday, ”The rockface is in right in our faces. Let us now take leave of parables and parallels. I propose one simple test, couched in a handful of minimalist demands, for President Buhari, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Nigeria:
“Give a nation-wide order to all land-usurpers in the affected towns and villages across the nation to quit those forcefully occupied lands within a 48 hours deadline. Issue orders to the military and police that, wherever illegal occupiers are found, they should be meted the same treatment as are accorded terrorists.
“Instruct all agencies that, once cleared of usurpers, the rightful occupants should be escorted back to their farmsteads and villages and provided maximum protection. We must go beyond arresting a token handful of herders caught with arms – there are still hundreds of them in the forests. It is not enough to back the anti-open grazing laws, so late in the day, but we shall leave that for later. Right now, the violated and dispossessed demand restitution, and with no further delay or subterfuge…”
Respectively, Ewuare II asked Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to put all he could to stop the malady in synergy with other state governors.
The Oba made this known during a courtesy visit to Governor Aregbesola at Government House, Osogbo, over the weekend.
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