- Ahmed Makarfi, chairman of PDP national caretaker committee, has described the recent Arewa quit notice ultimatum to Igbos as a bad precedence
- Makarfi said that the hate speeches either coming from the north, south, east or west must be avoided
- Makarfi, however, prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari and wished him quick recovery
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for making peace to reign in Nigeria.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, made this known in a conference on Wednesday, June 21, in Abuja.
Makarfi also asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to make efforts to make sure that every state in the country benefits from his governance.
The Nation reports that he said the ongoing challenges facing the country include insecurity in the North-East, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, kidnappings as well as agitations and counter-agitations for secession.
“As a country and a people, we have faced several developmental challenges; some have been resolved while many others are yearning for resolution.
“Even after such resolution as it’s typical of the evolution of human societies, we should expect to be confronted by new and emerging challenges.
“It is thus the responsibility of each generation of our leaders to grapple with and handle such emerging challenges in the the best way possible. It is always a work in progress,’’ Markafi.
NAIJ.com gathered that the chairman of PDP national caretaker committee also spoke on herdsmen and farmers’ clashes.
He said: “We must, however, be able to differentiate between the business of peaceful cattle rearing and criminal activities and take appropriate steps to protect lives and property.
“We must also secure our borders in order to prevent the influx of foreigners who may not respect the laws of our land.
“Of concern also is the issue of cattle rustling, which is also taking an altogether unprecedented dimension.
“This unlike the pastoralists/farmers problem, is clearly an issue of criminality, which governments and security agencies need to wake up to, to reassure victims that the state is there for them also.
“Apart from additional funding, equipping and intelligence gathering, capacity of the security agencies must be improved as a matter of priority as this will enable the nipping of this criminal activity in the bud.
“We, however, wish to commend the security agencies for the bursting last week, of a criminal gang of kidnappers which had brought untold hardship and anguish to several Nigerian families.
“It is our hope that this feat is just the start of series of efforts to not only bring this criminal enterprise to an end, but also bring the perpetrators to justice.''
Makarfi also urged the security agencies and the judiciary to ensure that criminals faced the full wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had met with some governors to discuss how to battle hate speech and the agitation for secession by a section of the country.
After the meeting which was held at Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governors while addressing the press said they have resolved to battle hate speech emanating from their states and to ensure that Nigeria stay as a nation.
The governors agreed that agitation will only increase poverty, hunger and unemployment in the land and that everyone will lose if Nigeria should break up.
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