Buhari’s Minster, Makinde exchange verbal blows over Fulani herdsmen

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has advised Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to be more proactive in handling security situation in the state.

Dare, an indigene of the state, said: “Like all the people of Oyo State, I expected Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to act prudently but with reasonable dispatch to quell the security situation before it got out of hand. We all waited for proactive steps and responses from the state authority, but certainly in vain.

“Yet, Oyo State with its population is strategically located in the South-West political and economic equation. It should not be allowed to fall into a deadly security malaise for trouble in Oyo State will not be limited to the state. It will spread given our strategic importance and position.

“Governor Makinde seems to be paralyzed by fear regarding this important security situation. This is the first serious test of his leadership of the state. Instead of tackling it, he has retreated. His policy has not been proactive enough to resolve the issues so that security of lives will be guaranteed and our people spared the mourning over dead ones. Instead, his policy has been to act as if nothing was happening in forlorn hope that all would simply go away as if it were a bad dream.”

Reacting, governor Makinde declared that his administration would not use criminality to address criminality and security challenges in the state, stressing that nobody can predict the end of the crisis.

The governor, who spoke at a meeting between the South-West governors and the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said that the current administration in the state would continue to encourage the people to work together to flush out kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits from the region.

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“I know I will get my share of abuse and criticism for making this statement. I will take it because when it comes to security of our people, I stand firm. There is no room for partisanship on this essential point.

“Oyo citizens from Ibadan to Ibarapa, Ogbomoso, Oke-Ogun and Oyo town deserve better security and better responses to the issue of protecting them. I want the governor to do better as the price of continued failure is that of loss of additional lives and property, as well as increasing tensions between people who once treated each other as neighbours and brothers.”