Herdsmen/farmers crisis: Tsav calls for commission of inquiry


 Anti-corruption crusader and elder statesman Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has called on the Federal Government to constitute a commission of inquiry that would find a lasting solution to the farmer/ herdsmen crisis in Benue and other parts of the country.

Speaking on Saturday in Makurdi, the retired police boss further stat­ed that the herdsmen should not be tagged as terrorists as being can­vassed by some Benue elders. Doing so, Tsav insisted, would amount to an infringement on the fundamen­tal rights of the herdsmen emphasiz­ing that the option of a Judicial Com­mission of Inquiry remained the best.

He wondered why the herds­men, who from time immemorial had coexisted peacefully with their host communities, have suddenly become notoriously hostile against their host.

“The Federal Government should set up a judicial commission of inquiry into the causes of con­tinued crisis between farmers and herdsmen and find a lasting solution to the needless bloodbath. Without such Judicial Commission of Inquiry the declaration of Fulani herdsmen as terrorist will be too harsh, unlaw­ful and will violate their rights”

He urged governments at vari­ous levels not to politicise the crisis but to rather seek for ways through which the unwarranted bloodletting could be curtailed stressing that po­liticizing the matter would rather ag­gregate the already fragile situation.

The elder statesman who con­doled with the families of those who have lost their loved ones as well as property in the crisis called on the federal and state government to pro­vide facilities at the IDP camps to as­suage their sufferings of the displaced person.


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