2019: Buhari Seeks N242bn For General Elections

President Muhammadu Buhari has sought Senate’s approval of N242.45 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to begin preparations for the 2019 general election.

He said part of the funds will be given to the Department of State Service (DSS), the Police and other security agencies for the same purpose.

In a letter addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki dated July 11 and personally signed by the president, Buhari requested that out of the needed figure, N164.10 billion should be provided through virement or supplementation of the 2018 Budget. He also requested that the balance of N78.34 billion, mostly related to personnel allowances, fuelling and other costs not required until election proper, be provided for in the 2019 budget.

In the letter, which was read by Saraki at plenary yesterday, the president noted that the sum of N189.21 billion is allotted for INEC, N4.3 billion for Office of the Security Adviser, N12.21 billion for DSS and N3.6 billion for Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Nigeria Police Force got a proposal of N30.5 billion, while N2.6 billion was earmarked for Nigeria Immigration Service.

Buhari requested that N164.10 billion of total funds proposed for the elections should be funded from the N578.31 billion inserted in the 2018 Budget by the National Assembly.

He added that an additional N64.75 billion for reinstatement of critical project cuts in 2018 budget is to be funded from the “inserted funds’’, bringing total figure to get from the “inserted funds’’ to N228.85 billion.

The letter stated that the request to deduct N228.85 billion from the N578.31 billion was in view of fiscal constraint, which would not allow for over-burdening of the 2018 budget.

The president stated: “You will also recall that when I signed the 2018 Appropriation Act, I indicated the need to request the reinstatement of certain cuts made to certain critical projects provided in the original Executive Bill.

“I am therefore submitting for your consideration the reinstatement of the most critical of such cuts totalling N64, 749, 216, 150. The total amount required to be provided for in the 2018 budget for the 2019 general elections and to restore the identified critical projects to the amount earlier proposed is therefore N228, 854, 008, 215.

“Implementing budget of N9.12 trillion for 2018 will be extremely challenging and therefore, I do not consider it expedient to propose further increase to the 2018 Expenditure Framework to fund these very important and critical expenditure items.

“Accordingly, I urge the Distinguished Senate to consider, in national interest, relocating some of the funds appropriated for new projects inserted into 2018 Budget totalling N578,319,951,904 to cover the N228, 854, 008, 215 required as indicated.

“While hoping that this request will receive the expeditious consideration of the Distinguished Senate, please accept the assurances of my highest consideration,” the letter stated.

Buhari Commends Quality Of Nigerian Professionals In Netherlands

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerian professionals in the Netherlands for representing the country well and for always being in touch with their motherland.

He said this on Monday when he met with members of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), the Netherlands chapter.

“I am pleased with the quality of people I am seeing. You are high-quality people. Congratulations on your personal achievements,” the President said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

President Buhari, who met with the group on the sidelines of his official visit to The Hague, said he was quite pleased with their intellectual and professional achievements.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the NIDO Chairman Julius Nwankpa praised the President for the war against corruption, saying, “you have earned respect around the world.”

He also commended Nigeria’s improvement in infrastructural development and thanked President Buhari for signing into law the Diaspora Commission Bill which he hoped would “become effective as soon as possible.”

On the security situation in Nigeria, the NIDO Chairman urged the Federal Government and security agencies to accelerate stoppage of unfortunate killings.

He also called on Nigerians “to play their roles in breaking the cycle of violence, which usually has no winner.”

The delegation presented a gift of an artwork called Light to President Buhari, with Toyin Loyo, the creator of the work saying, “The work is illuminating. You bring light, which will never go out, and which will shine round the clock.”

Among those who met with President Buhari included Dr Mustapha Gidado – a specialist in tuberculosis, having oversight over management of the disease in 22 countries, and Lola Visser Mabogunje – a performance monitoring expert.

Others are Dr Peter Ngene – a research scientist and Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, and Engineer Cornelius Obot – a software expert.

We’re Doing A Lot On Insecurity – Presidency

The Presidency has released details of the Buhari administration’s response to insecurity across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been widely criticised for his seeming poor handling of incessant killings in many states.

Hundreds have been killed mostly in northern states so far in 2018 in attacks blamed on herdsmen, bandits and local militias.

Critics say the government’s responses have been mostly belated and largely ineffectual.

In February, a presidential directive for the police inspector general, Ibrahim Idris, to move to Benue state to check attacks, was ignored with no known consequence.

In a statement on Monday, the Presidency said it had decided to list steps taken by the administration so that widespread allegation of inaction against the president would not begin to “wear a garb of reality”.

The full statement, released by spokesman Femi Adesina, is below:

COMBATING INSECURITY IN THE COUNTRY: LEST WE FORGET – PRESIDENCY

A popular refrain from some quarters is that the President is not doing enough to combat the insecurity that has beleaguered the country in recent times.

Lest that untruth begins to wear a garb of reality, let us consider some initiatives taken under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the security situation, particularly since January, 2018.

JANUARY 2018

Ø Leadership of the police deployed to Benue State, after mass killings reportedly committed by herdsmen. This was followed by a fact-finding team led by the Minister of Interior, and deployment of Special Forces of the military, to restore law and order.

Ø National Economic Council sets up 10-man committee on farmers/herdsmen clashes, headed by the Vice President.

Ø The 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, launched a special operation, Karamin Goro (Small Kolanut), in collaboration with the Air Force, Police, Department of State Services, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC; to tackle kidnapping, robbery and cattle rustling in parts of Kaduna and Niger States (Minna-Birnin Gwari-Pandogari and Minna-Sarkin Pawa general areas)

FEBRUARY 2018

Ø The Nigerian Army commenced Exercise Ayem Akpatuma covering Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States, in order to tackle the cases of kidnappings, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, among others.

Ø The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) inducted its first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Tsaigumi. The newly-inducted UAV has day and night capability, an operational endurance in excess of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15,000 feet and a mission radius of 100km, and is capable of being used for policing operations, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol, pipeline, power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties.

Ø The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) established a total of 10 new Units as NAF had concluded plans to set up Quick Response Wings (QRWs) across Nasarawa State, in a bid to tackle the herders/farmers clashes plaguing some states within the axis.

MARCH 2018

Ø President Buhari began sympathy visits to states that had

experienced wanton killings in the country.

Ø The Nigerian Army extended Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba State by two months.

Ø The committee set up by the National Economic Council on farmers/herdsmen clashes submits report, making far reaching recommendations for peace, including ranching in five states.

APRIL 2018

Ø The Nigerian Air Force took delivery of a second batch of 2 brand new Mi-35N helicopter gunships to boost internal security.

Ø Deployed Special Force to Zamfara State to combat criminality

MAY 2018

Ø The Nigerian Police Force inaugurated a Mobile Squadron in Takum, Taraba State.

Ø The Nigerian Air Force established 3 new Quick Response Wings (QRW) in Taraba, Nasarawa and Benue States respectively, and deployed Special Forces personnel to these new bases. (Taraba State QRW is located in Nguroje; Nasarawa State QRW in Doma; and Benue State QRW in Agatu).

Ø Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris ordered the deployment of 200 policemen, and 10 patrol vehicles to Birnin Gwari (Kaduna-Zamfara axis) to tackle armed banditry in the area.

Ø President Buhari approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command, in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, as part of measures to scale up the security response to the banditry affecting the area. Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, has since flagged off the new Battalion (2 Battalion Forward Operating Base, FOB) in Kanfanin Doka Village, Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State.

Ø The Defence Headquarters assembled a Special Military Intervention Force comprising more than 1,000 personnel, drawn from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, DSS and NSCDC, to respond to the security challenges in the North Central and North West. On May 8, 2018, the Force launched Operation WHIRL STROKE, as a full-scale military operation to completely restore law, order and stability in the affected communities. The Whirl Stroke Operational Force Commander is Major General Adeyemi Yekini.

Ø Chief of Army Staff inducted a mix of 49 Toyota Land Cruisers and Innoson gun trucks, at the HQ of the 133 Special Forces Battalion of the Nigerian Army at Azare, to support the ongoing OPERATION LAST HOLD in Northern Borno.

Ø NAF launched newly-constructed accommodation for the 205 Combat Search and Rescue Group (CSARG) — established in 2017 to provide aid and operational assistance to wounded and distressed troops serving in combat units — in Kerang, Plateau State.

Ø The Air Task Force of NAF commenced Operation THUNDER STRIKE to attack selected locations of Boko Haram Terrorists in the North-East.

Ø The Nigerian Army commissioned its new Forward Operating Base in Epe, Lagos State

JUNE 2018

Ø NAF deployed combat helicopter to its 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) in Gusau, Zamfara State to support the fight against armed banditry in the town and its environs.

JULY 2018

Ø President Buhari approved the establishment of Operation WHIRL STROKE II, for deployment in Zamfara and Kaduna States.

Securing the length and breadth of the country is a continuing commitment. It is one of the key pledges of the Buhari administration, which it is carrying out night and day.

In May 2015, when the administration emerged, the security situation was in tatters. It pulled up its bootstraps, rolled up its sleeves, set to work, and the Boko Haram insurgency was beaten back. It was eventually degraded.

Other security challenges are being tackled and will subsequently become history. Not doing enough, as some critics claim, is not part of the deal, nor is it reality, no, not by any stretch of the imagination. A lot is being done, and success is guaranteed.

FEMI ADESINA

Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
July 16, 2018

Attached is a sequence of Federal Government Interventions in Plateau State following recent killings in the State.

Buhari Commissions Abuja Metro Line

President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the Abuja metro rail line.

Mr Buhari launched the line Thursday Morning at the new metro station in Central Business District (CBD), Abuja.

After the launch, the president and other dignitaries and journalists took a ride from the CBD metro station to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The rail line is the first phase of a metro line for Nigeria’s capital city.

It will also be the first functional metro rail in the Nigerian capital.

Sokoto Attack: Buhari Vows To Stop ‘Barbarians And Criminals’

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned an attack by bandits on a village in Sokoto State and vowed to spare no effort in stopping killings in the country.

The President also promised to ensure the bandits who killed several people, including a district head, in Gandi, a village in Rabah Local Government Area the state will be arrested.

“This administration will not allow any group of barbarians and criminals hold the country hostage and destroy life without consequences,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

“This wanton violence against innocent people won’t be tolerated by this government, and we are working round the clock to identify the people sponsoring these heartless attacks.”

The Federal Government has come under criticism over the attacks that have been launched on may parts of the country this year with many Nigerians losing their lives in the process.

President Buhari, however, insists his government has prioritized the killings.

“Make no mistake about it, my administration remains committed to security as one its core objectives, and any attempt to test our will by any group of anarchists and troublemakers will be met with equal force”, he warned.

President Buhari and Federal Government officials have repeatedly accused politicians of taking advantage of the herdsmen and farmers crisis in the country.

He believes “it is curious why any group of mass murderers would be targeting and killing innocent people for no just reason”.

Regardless of the motives behind the attacks and killings, the President assured Nigerians that “identifying and defeating these callous killers is receiving priority from this administration, and we shall spare no effort in tracing the root of this evil, especially their sources of funding and arms.”

He added, “I wish to assure all Nigerians that their security is receiving the greatest attention from this administration and there is no compromise in this commitment. I appeal for your patience while my security teams crack their brains to put an end to this horrendous violence.”

Anti-Corruption: President Buhari Signs NFIU Bill Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill into law.

Now law, the NFIU Act of 2018, establishes the NFIU a central body in Nigeria responsible for receiving, requesting, analysing and disseminating financial intelligence reports and other information to law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies and other relevant authorities to enable the institutions to act on the same.

Also, the act dissolves the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit established in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act and amends the same as well as the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, among others.

The NFIU which is an independent and operationally autonomous body is “institutionally domiciled” in the Central Bank of Nigeria, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, on Wednesday said.

Among the key objectives of the Act is the creation of a legal, institutional and regulatory framework to ensure transparency, effective and efficient management, administration and operation of the NFIU.

The Act is further expected institutionalise best practices in financial intelligence management in Nigeria and strengthen the existing system for combating money laundering and associated predicated offences, financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The National Assembly had passed the NFIU bill in March 2018.

Senate President Bukola had hailed the passage as a significant step in the fight against corruption.

Buhari Signs Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill

President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit bill (NFIU) 2018 into law.

This was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.

Enang said, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) is the Nigerian arm of the global Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) which was before now domiciled within the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) as an autonomous unit and operating in the African Region.

“The Act creates NFIU to be domiciled in the Central Bank but to work autonomously and independently. The Act is intended to allow this agency to collate and disseminate financial intelligence to security agencies, intelligent agencies and other agencies which are entitled to receive it.

“And what they collate is for instance transfers of money where money comes from, where it goes and other suspicious transactions including transaction relating to terrorism financing.

“What the law also does is to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, the Money Laundering Prohibition Act and the Terrorism Prevention Act so that all these functions of financial intelligence which were performed by each of these agencies or which allowed the provision of money for illegal purposes or laundering would now be handled by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit independently.

“And when they collate it they make it available to enforcement and enforcing institutions and that is the essence of the Act and it is available for every person, it has now become law.’’

He said that the NFIU sought to comply with international standards on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Enang emphasized that with the signing of the new Act, the NFIU would now be excised from the EFCC.

A Million Deaths Won’t Move Mallam Buhari By Tunde Odesola

Without a doubt, the death of a child is the most unendurable filial anguish that could torment a parent. Having lost a couple of sons, David, king of Israel, captured the immeasurable worth of a child in the boundless words of his psalm, singing: “Like arrows are in the hands of a warrior, So are children born in one’s youth…”

For 38-year-old music icon, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, and his family, these are trying times. While attending the BET Awards in Los Angeles, USA, death scaled the back fence of the Kokomaster’s Ikoyi home, tip-toed into his indoor swimming pool and drowned his cherubic 13-month-old son, Daniel III, last week Sunday. My heart goes out to Bangalee and his wife, Lineo Didi nee Kilgrow, in this turbulent period. Sorrow has enveloped the world of D’banj.

The tears won’t just stop flowing. But, amid blurry tears, the eyes can still see, goes a Yoruba proverb. There are some drooping dangers that the D’banj family failed to avert, despite hanging ominously overhead. As a mark of respect for the dead angel, however, I shall not dwell on the unpardonable mistakes that led to the termination of his innocent life – one of which was not providing the swimming pool with a door – as evidenced by an online video showing D’banj and Daniel III walking past the pool.

Although it takes between 20 to 60 seconds for a drowning victim to struggle on the surface of water, actual death takes between three and four minutes, according to online information site, Quora. A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, last Monday, directing D’banj and his wife to make a formal report on the circumstances that led to the death of Daniel III, was a testimony to the perpetual misunderstanding of policing by the Nigeria Police Force.

As soon as the smoke of the tragedy filtered out, the police should have mandatorily, without prompting or delay, moved into the home of the Oyebanjos and conducted a forensic investigation into the circumstances leading to the death. Globally, it is the bounding duty of government to investigate the circumstances leading to strange and suspicious deaths of citizens. It’s highly ridiculous of a police chief to wallow in sentiment and play to the gallery when a dispassionate and critical appraisal was required.

By not moving his men swiftly to the residence of the Oyebanjo for a thorough investigation, the Lagos CP might have obliterated the real cause(s) of the death of Daniel III. In a responsible country, giving the circumstances of Daniel’s death, D’banj and wife not only stood the risk of a long jail term, their eligibility to have possession of their children in the future would come under intense scrutiny.

Well, it’s not only Imohimi that is caught in the intricate web of police over-centralisation and its attendant eye-service, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is also shackled by the chain of pervasive corruption, bureaucracy and impotence bedeviling the force. The proliferation of counterproductive security units at federal and state levels underpins the exploitative and insensitive tendencies of the NPF. Instead of the Office of the IGP to engender an effective policing structure in all the commands of the federation, it evolved a largely self-glorifying unit called the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring and Intelligence Response Unit, whose members at the state level are not answerable to state police commissioners, but to Abuja.

Similarly, state CPs, instead of arming and encouraging state Criminal Investigation Departments, create their own special investigation units which probe ‘juicy’ cases, leaving ‘non-juicy’ cases to bereft SCIDs. The confusion within the operations of the police force has seen the Special Anti-Robbery Squads grown into uncontrollable monsters of torture. The chaos within the force answers the reason why incompetent bosses appoint incompetent subordinates who lord it over competent officers. Nepotism and blind loyalty, rather than competence, have been the driving force behind police appointments. As a journalist, this much I’ve seen in the appointments of I-Gs, DIGs, AIGs, commissioners, Divisional Police Officers, Divisional Crime Officers, Police Public Relations Officers, etc. With the way the police force is structured, it would continue to deliver security to the powerful while the rest of the citizenry battle insecurity and dehumanisation.

Speaking through his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, a worried President Muhammadu Buhari, last Thursday, ordered the restructuring of SARS. According to a report by Vanguard newspaper, the Vice President spoke at a town hall meeting during the inauguration of micro, small and medium enterprises clinic in Ibadan. He said, “Many people are complaining about the atrocities of SARS, people are saying there should be no more SARS. SARS, as you know, is an anti-robbery squad but several members of the squad have gone rogue and are doing things that are contrary to the very reasons for which they were set up. The President has already ordered a review of the formation of SARS so that very soon, we would be able to have a SARS that will be responsible.”

For a country that has consistently swum against the tide of insecurity for over three decades, a total restructuring of the polity is the sensible way to go and not patchy attempts at covering up the gaping cracks in the shaky foundation of the nation. Last week, Buhari put to the sword the hope of Nigerians witnessing wholesome restructuring during his tenure as he described the proponents of restructuring as self-serving, despite his ruling All Progressives Congress setting up a committee on restructuring headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in 2017. The report of the committee submitted to a former national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, has been gathering dust since January 26, 2018.

Last Sunday, the nation again woke up to the woeful news of killer herdsmen wreaking havoc on the plateau, sending about 200 indigenes to early graves. Nothing best exemplifies the worthlessness of human lives to the Nigerian Presidency than Buhari’s characteristic tale of promising to fish out killer-herdsmen each time the nation slaughters humans for cows.

It is to the supreme shame of the President that not one killer herdsman has been arrested, let alone, brought to justice – despite the daily bloodletting. And he sits in Aso Rock, wringing his hands and plotting for a second term in office?

Last Thursday, several people met undeserved deaths on the Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when a tanker laden with fuel exploded. On both occasions of immense tragedies, the President was too busy fine-tuning re-election strategies for 2019 and too tongue-tied to soothe the pains across the country with a personal address. Nigerians have got used to the President’s weird but typical cold behaviour and they wonder, “How many more people do Fulani herdsmen have to kill for Buhari to act?” “How many more years do we need to grope in the dark and shun restructuring to our own peril?” “Is there justice in the President labelling the Indigenous People of Biafra as terrorists while indulging his murderous kinsmen?”

In the wake of the Plateau killings, the President let out a smelly belch, saying “It’s unjust to say I’m silent on killings by herdsmen.” Can the father of the sport bike-riding Yusuf tell Nigerians one action he has taken to check his bloody kinsmen?

Tunde Odesola can be reached on ([email protected])

Killings: Buhari To Overhaul Security Setup

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a reorganisation of the nation’s security architecture to address ongoing security challenges in parts of the country.

He, however, did not disclose the details of the re-organisation.

Dogara said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The President has taken enough steps, these are security issues, they are not matters that you can discuss; but he has told us what he is doing, the re-organisation that he plans to put in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen,” he said.

Dogara said Buhari briefed them on what he saw firsthand when he visited the troubled state on Tuesday and the measures he was putting in place to forestall recurrence.

He added, “These are very sober moments for all of us. In a situation where people, in hundreds, continue to be killed, we can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government.

“Whatever it is, we must not lose the fight against violence because we can’t lose that fight and still keep our civilisation.

“If you go to the North East, you can see the level of devastation caused by Boko Haram. Everything resembling progress: from schools to hospitals to government institutions, everything has been pulled down. And we don’t want a replication of this all over the country.”

Plateau Killings: Saraki, Dogara Meet Buhari

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings in Plateau State.

Both leaders of the National Assembly arrived at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

Discussions at the meeting focused on ways in which the Legislature and the Executive can work together to resolve the security issues in the country.

The two leaders of the National Assembly also received a briefing from the President on the steps being taken to tackle the crisis.

The Presidency also confirmed the meeting in a tweet.

Presidency Nigeria

@NGRPresident

President @MBuhari met with Senate President @bukolasaraki and Speaker House of Reps @YakubDogara this morning at the State House, on the Security situation in Plateau State.@AsoRock & @nassnigeria working together to end the killings,restore peace and ensure justice

Mixed Reactions In Ile Ife Over Plateau Killings

By Sodiq Lawal

Thousands of Ife sons and daughters have joined other Nigerians to sympathise with people of Barkin Ladi area in Plateau State over the killings that took place over the weekend.

The Police in Plateau state confirmed 86 people dead in the violence that erupted the area.

As a result, reactions from Ife indigenes and residents has been gathering momentum in the ancient city.

According to an Ife based human right activist, Comrade Adedayo John, he condemned the attack and urged the security agencies to investigate and arrest those behind the Plateau killings.

He said, “the former governor of Benue state was arrested and killings stopped in the state. Dino Malaye was arrested in Kogi state and killings stopped there. Saraki was fingered as a sponsor of the killings in Kwara state and the killings stopped. There can be no peace until the strong politicians who are behind the killings in Plateau state are attested.”

Also, a member of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Ife Central branch, Mr Gbenga Lawal urged Nigerians to call a spade a spade and stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings, saying that the Biroms should be blamed for launching a first attack on the Fulanis.

Speaking with our correspondent, he said,  “why is it that nobody wants to blame the Biroms for what they did to Fulanis at first?. People are just complaining on the revenge. Why can’t their traditional rulers and clerics tell them not to do it. Are the Fulanis not humans or not Nigerians?.

However, a member of Ife Action Council, Mr Nureni Adepegba, described the killings as tragic and most unfortunate.

“It is most disheartening that people are being killed daily because those who are saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding lives are careless about the well being and safety of the people.

He however urged President Buhari to tackle the issue by ensuring maximum security in the area and other parts of Nigeria.