The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Buhari to step up on security in order to stop the incessant killings by herdsmen.
Coming after the herdsmen attack on Taraba state, the Students’ Body declared that the Cattle Colony proposed by the federal government is dead on arrival and would not hold as government have no right in placing priority in any group of farmers.
The NANS President, Comrade Chinonso Obasi who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Minna frowned at the delay of government towards ensuring that security is sustained in states that are under the attack of herdsmen.
He stated that President Buhari need to stop focusing on 2019 and deal with the security issue at hand.
“A government that cannot proffer security to the people cannot be proud to call itself a government. NANS is charging the President to step up in security, he should stop being presidential and listen to the yearning of the people.
“There are issues and aot of questions that are being unanswered and instead of discussing them, they are busy discussing about 2019 election. It is only those who are alive that will vote in 2019.”
Speaking on the Cattle Colony proposed by the federal government, he said that government have no business doing business pointing that cattle rustling is a business which is not to be imposed on the people.
He called on the government to create an enabling business environment and leave how to run the business to individuals saying that, “a farmer is a farmer. Cattle rearing is farming and there should not be any priority placed on any group of farmers. Imposing cattle herdsmen on the people is not the way forward.
“Every geopolitical zone have it’s own way of farming. If any farmer finds a place habitable, he should negotiate with the owners of the land and if they are satisfied, he can do his business there. Cattle colony will not work.”
Obasi also declared that the people are tired of the strategies being talked about by the military and the police stressing on the need to move beyond strategies to action, “we are tired of hearing the strategies the military and police are bringing to place, we want to see actions in terms of security. ”
He then charged the President to implement the 2014 National Conference report stating that it would proffer a lasting solution to the insecurity issues bedeviling the Nation.