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How FG Allowed Crisis To Worsen – Obasanjo Tells Buhari



Former President of Nigeria. Olusegun Obasanjo has explained how the Federal Government opened the floodgate for the scuffle between farmers and herders in the country.

According to Obasanjo, the crisis between the farmers and herders started when the Nigerian government treated the issue with a soft handed approach instead of using a firm hardcore method to serve as a deterrent to others. Obasanjo addressed an open letter to Buhari and revealed some ills the Buhari administration has tolerated.

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 The letter partly read: “Herdsmen/farmers crises and menace started with government treating the issue with cuddling glove instead of hammer. It has festered and spread. Today, it has developed into banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and killings all over the country. The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship. Perception may be as potent as reality at times.

“Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue.” he added.