Herdsmen: Key Leaders’ Silence Worrisome, Dangerous – Saraki

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to provide leadership following the crisis rocking Oyo and Ondo States.

In a statement on Sunday, the former Kwara governor also slammed politicians who are keeping quiet over the Fulani herdsmen crisis because of their 2023 ambition.

Saraki stated that a united Nigeria will benefit everybody better than a disintegrated country.

He said: “I have watched with concern the recent development in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders and there were subsequent burning of the property of the Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Oyo State. These happenings have increased the tension and unduly raised the temperature in the country.

“The ugly development in these two states are symptomatic of the continued threat to the unity of our country that we have witnessed on a higher scale in recent times and in different parts of the country, including the South-East and South-South zones.

“The deafening silence by key stakeholders, leaders and others who we think should speak out is worrisome. This silence is a dangerous tell-tale sign that things are wrong. This is not good for our country.

“We must all speak out and talk about the solution to this twin-problem of insecurity and threat to national unity.

“We all do not have another country to call our own other than this one country, Nigeria. We need to live in peace with each other and it is my prayer that Almighty God will continue to preserve the unity of the country.”

Speaking further, Saraki pointed out that the relevance of Nigeria in the international community is due to its size, population, and collective resources.

He warned that any attempt at disintegration removes the “cloak of importance around Nigeria in the global community. We must all strive to douse the tension and keep our country together.”

“I appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to provide leadership. It is important for President Muhammadu Buhari to rally all interests and everybody at the leadership levels to a round table in order to discuss and find appropriate solutions. This is a period that requires all hands to be on deck. This is not the time to talk of APC or PDP.

“The situation is getting worse by the day. Insecurity has become the order of the day and it is fueling disunity and criminal activities.

“Let me also call on all politicians who are looking towards 2023 to take over power to start pondering on what type of Nigeria will they have to administer post-2023 if the current situation continues. It is better for all of us to join hands together NOW to quell the raging fire of disunity, insecurity, and work to mend fences,” he added.

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