In an unprecedented show of high profile personalities, including a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, current Senate President Ekweremadu, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio and others, a peaceful protest was organised against Nigeria’s President in protest over the spate of killings in Northern Nigeria.
With the protesters holding a sign that reads : #Buhari. Nigeria Lives Matter! Stop The Killings!
The conflict between Herdsmen and farmers in some northern states including plateau, Benue and others have resulted in hundreds of lives lost and properties worth billions of Naira destroyed making Nigeria to have one of the most internally displaced persons in the world.
Some commentators believe the President has been too soft on the herdsmen and has not taken concrete steps in handling the famer herdsmen clash.
Already the federal government plan to concede land to the herdsmen for grazing has been staunchly rejected by most State citing in appropriate conduct of the federal government to procure state land for private business owners. Some States are also of the opinion that there aren’t enough land to go round. And there are genuine fears in some quarters that those land intended to be procured by the federal government may become permanent settlements in the distant future.
Others doubt the motive behind the exercise stressing that they saw no reason why herdsmen cannot approach any State to purchase or rent land for grazing like any other private business entity, instead of having the might and influence of the federal government involved.
The clash between farmers and herdsmen, and the incessant killings across the country has already formed a huge factor in the up coming general elections in 2019. Some quarters are already claiming the herdsmen,majority of whom are of the same ethnic stock with the President are being protected from the full might of the Nigerian security forces, an accusation which President Buhari has already debunked many times.