Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is not happy over what he said not fair to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the crimes of herders simply because he is Fulani.
He noted that herdsmen/farmers clashes had been in existence for more than two decades noting that the issue had given Buhari more concern than any other security challenge.
He told a National Security Summit organized by the National Assembly in Abuja that the government had deployed mobile police to the troubled areas.
He added that the military had also maintained operative bases in the flash areas of the country
Osinbajo said the security apparatus had performed creditably given their resource constraints and observed that in spite of that they were not prompt in responding to attacks.
“Whenever that happens the failure to protect the lives of the innocent is inexcusable and we cannot rationalise or diminish the failure of the security apparatus of government.
Osinbajo solicited the cooperation of the judiciary in ensuring speedy trial of any one arrested for security problems.
Osinbajo also stated that the federal government would not dictate to states what to do with their land.
He noted the depletion of grazing reserves and routes in some parts of the country adding that for effective grazing ranching was the right option.
The Vice President said that about 13 states had pledged land for commercial ranching purposes noting that stakeholders must stay together to work out solutions that would benefit all.
“Let me reiterate that on no account will any land be ceased of forcefully taken to create any of the ranches or grazing areas; all insinuations to that effect should be disregarded.
“Instead it is our view that states that are willing and have set aside land and gazzetted grazing reserves should collaborate with investors.’’