Director General (DG) of Voice of Nigeria and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has backed the proposal for the establishment of a pastoral commission as a solution to the farmers/ herders crisis in the country.
The proposal was tabled for consideration by the Attorney General of the Federation (HAGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
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Okechukwu, who spoke with journalists on Sunday in Abuja on the controversial herders/farmers crisis, lauded Malami for his idea of setting up the pastoral commission nationwide as an antidote to the farmers-herders menace, which has polarised the country more than any other issue since the end of the civil war in 1970.
According to the VON boss, the crisis between farmers and herders is a ‘National security question’, threatening the unity of the country, and must be contained as a matter of urgent national importance to avert a possible national suicide.
He said the recommendations made by Malami contained some pragmatic solutions capable of consigning the raging menace to the dustbin of history, thereby offering the country a new lease of life.
He regretted that the menace had subsumed the milestones legacies achieved by President Buhari’s agrarian revolution, railway revolution, and other infrastructural projects.