The bishop of Diocese of Akure, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Simeon Borokinni, on Sunday, July 8, said that the federal government is indifferent in tackling the mindless and rampant killings carried out by herdsmen.
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has said that the Afenifere's and the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE)'s rejection of the creation of cattle ranches in the southwest region will cause more disunity in Nigeria.
The governors led by their Ebonyi state counterpart, David Umahi, on Sunday, July 8, in Enugu said they have arrived at a decision that no land would be made available for the establishment of cattle ranches in the zone.
As the spate of killings in Nigeria continues to throw many families in grief, prominent Yoruba leaders have called on all southwest governors and opinion leaders in the region to defend the geopolitical zone from invaders.
President Buhari says only evil-minded people will accuse him of condoning killings being carried out by suspected herdsmen. The president added that it is Satanic for anyone to suggest that he is indifferent about the carnage.
Let me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one too many. I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges.
In its move to end the rampant violence and killings throughout the country, the Senate on Wednesday, July 4, agreed that the federal government should give low interest loans to herdsmen in order for them to build cattle ranches.
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has criticised the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, over a statement credited to him that giving out land for ranching is better than death.
The Yoruba Council of Elders has restated its opposition to the federal government’s N179bn ranches, saying it cannot understand why the government funds are used to establish a business venture for a group of businessmen.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, have said that he has promised to protect the lives of Yoruba people against the violence and criminal activities of some suspected herdsmen throughout the country.
The house of Senate on Tuesday, July 3, agreed that in order to completely end violence and rampant killings in the country, the executive arm should create state police. This resolve came after much argument and debate.
As the rampaging killings linked to clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some parts of the country continue to ravage the country, there are growing worries that fake news is one of the factors responsible for reprisal attacks.
A former deputy vice chancellor of Imo state University, Owerri, Imo state capital, and a Catholic cleric, Reverend Father Jerome Okonkwo on Sunday, July 2, said that killings in Nigeria may soon become fashionable.
The newspaper review for Monday, July 2, focuses on the reactions that have trailed the killings by suspected herdsmen across the country as groups have started mounting pressure on President Buhari to sack his service chiefs.
After series of herdsmen attacks, the Nigeria police, Zamfara state command has recovered twenty-three corpses of people allegedly killed during attacks in the state. The corpses were recovered from a forest in Zurmi LGA.
The Ebonyi state House of assembly has given Anambra state government seven days ultimatum to restore the renamed Abakaliki street in Awka with immediate effect as failure to do so would mandate Ebonyi government to rename it.
The United Kingdom parliament has described recent killings by the suspected herdsmen and other violent acts in the north central states of Nigeria as deeply disturbing, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to end the carnage.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has called on Nigerians to ignore a 'satanic video' linking him to the killings of over 200 persons in some villages of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
We state categorically that it is an aberration that since the heinous attacks began, no meaningful arrests and prosecutions have been recorded except to console the victims, which is the height of injustice and insensitivity.
The federal government has been called upon to put a stop to the spate of killings in Plateau and other states in the country. The group says the government seems reluctant to take drastic actions against the killer herdsmen.
Speaking at a meeting of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) in Abuja, the chairman of the forum and the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, said the governors have also resolved to hold a meeting with service chiefs.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo group has called on the federal government to proscribe the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) over the continued killing by suspected herdsmen across various states in Nigeria.