Ø As Peace Corps begins campaign for peaceful resolution
Second Republic Minister of Steel Development and convener of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Paul Unongo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the deployment of soldiers to protect Northerners living in the SouthWest geo-political zone and other parts of the country so as to shield them from further attacks.
The elder statesman, who stated this in a published interview, also urged President Buhari to utilise his presidency to focus more attention on the North, saying: “if the North does not get better, the rest of the country will not be any better”.
However, reacting to Unongo’s remarks, the Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr Kunle Olajide, also in an interview, described NEF convener’s comment as irresponsible.
Meanwhile, in response to the development, the Peace Corps of Nigeria says it has commenced a campaign to peacefully resolve the growing tension across the country over the unending clashes between herders and farmers, particularly in the South-West region,
On Friday, members of the Corps, a non-governmental organisation, which is seeking legal recognition as a para-military agency, took the campaign to the house of Sarkin-Hausa (head of Hausa community) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
During the visit, Micheal Oyemike, the Deputy National Commandant of the Corps in charge of General Duties and Intelligence, said the group felt it was important to find a peaceful solution to the crises.
He said one of the objectives of the corps was to identify threats to national peace and security.
Oyemike said the Corps would meet with stakeholders across the country to address the issues, which had resulted in conflicts.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Fulani community, Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association, heads of markets, Chiefs and other notable leaders in the Hausa community in Ogun State.