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12042018 - HERDSMEN/FARMERS’ CLASHES: Blame Gaddafi, irresponsible politicians — BUHARI

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4 Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 C M Y K

Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 20185 POCKET CARTOON STUDENTS' PROTESTThe third day (yesterday) of students' protest in Akure, Ondo State over the hike in tuition fees by the state government. Herdsmen/farmers' clashes: Blame Gaddafi, irresponsible politicians BUHARI Continues from page 1 Kingdom, President Buhari also said his administration was making efforts towards ensuring freedom for Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi School girl who was held back for her refusal to denounce her Christian faith. The President also said he was compelled to make his declaration for a second term due to pressures. Welby, the head of the Anglican Communion, visited Buhari to express his good wishes to the President on the occasion of his visit to the United Kingdom. Gaddafi trained, armed gunmen Responding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, the President submitted: “The problem is even older than us; it has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. "These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. “We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.” President Buhari lamented that “irresponsible politics” had been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned. Efforts on to free Leah Sharibu Commenting on the fate of Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents because she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam, the President said efforts were being made to secure her release, adding that government decided not to go public on its efforts. He said: “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations. "There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.” On the war against insurgency, he stressed the need for continuous Continues on page 52 $1bn for security equipment to fight Boko Haram By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou & Frederick Okopie THE problem stems from misinformation on the part of the government. At a time, they stated that Boko Haram had been degraded. Later, they told us that it had been technically defeated. So, the public is wondering why a government that said it had defeated the sect, needs $1bn to fight the same sect it claimed to have defeated. Olaolu Oladipo, Analyst HAVING claimed to have fought Boko Haram to a standstill, what do they need the fund for? I am sure they are looking for money to finance the 2019 election. It is an equivalent of N360bn, which can be used to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country. Mr. Henry Ohanugo, Businessman IF the money is what is needed to defeat Boko Haram, the government should go ahead with its plan. The truth is that we cannot totally condemn the government’s action. Since the funds are needed for the good of the country, there is no problem about that. Anthony Olajuwon, Self-employed QUESTIONING the $1bn for security equipment is not necessary. I am not sure it will specifically be used in the fight against Boko Haram. However, from a historical perspective, Nigerian governments always do anything whenever an election approaches. What Nigerians need to focus on is grassroots mobilisation that could be effective enough to elect people who would govern selflessly for the common good. David Lanre Lijadu, analyst IT is very necessary considering the nature of anti-insurgency war required to defeat Boko Haram. All hands must be on deck in the fight against insurgency. Nelson Ekujumi, Selfemployed I suspect that some people are making money from the Boko Haram issue. It is now a commercial venture. It has become an ATM machine for some people. I cannot be convinced that there is no relationship between the 2019 election and the $1bn. Oyakunle Michael, Self-employed