Against the backdrop of the lingering Fulani herdsmen attacks in different communities in the South East, some individuals and groups called for the herdsmen to vacate the region in order for peace to reign. However, the Federal Governmnent has condemned the calls saying it is uncalled for as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed relevant agencies to take appropriate actions in stopping the killings by suspected herdsmen.
This was disclosed on Sunday by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, at Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi, while speaking to newsmen on the outcome of the meeting held by the South-Eastern stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC. He said:
“This situation is not pleasing to anybody but the Federal Government is desirous to achieve a peaceful, strong and united nation. The government appeals to south-easterners especially youths, not to take laws into their hands as a result of the development.
“The people should exercise patience, as the president has categorically condemned the herdsmen’s actions and directed that no effort should be spared in checking the situation. The Igbos are known globally to be peace loving and abhorrers of violence, as I enjoin them to maintain such virtue.”
According to NAN, the Minister pointed out that the meeting involved elected APC leaders, national leaders, members of the National Working Committee, NWC, and other stakeholders from the zone. Talking about the issues addressed in the meeting he said:
“We discussed ways of consolidating on the party’s achievements and making it stronger because we want to start winning elections in the zone. We also discussed the disputed issue of state chairmanship of the party, as it will be resolved very soon.”
Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu further pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the president on the 2016 budget assent, pointing out that he wanted to get things right.
“The president made promises to the nation; to ensure adequate security for the citizens, rapidly develop the economy, check unemployment, ensure the observance of the rule of law, among others. The budget estimate reflected all these promises but what was returned to the president did not conform with his intentions. He then demonstrated his resolve to ensure that things are done correctly, as continuing with the old ways of doing things has visible and dire effects.”