Pastor Tunde Bakare has again blasted the federal government of Nigeria for what he called the insensitive way it’s handling the herdsmen crisis in the nation.
Bakare, in an interview on Politics Today, a programme on Channels TV, said that the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration should have clamped down on violent herders rather than asking the farmers to give part of their lands for cattle colonies.
He said: “With all the powers at the disposal of the federal government, to allow Nigerians to be killing each other this way is unfortunate.
“Some of this could be avoided. You are now preaching peaceful coexistence to farmers to fold their hands and watch the people who are coming to take their lands.
“I watched the video of how Falae’s farm was burnt to the ground by the criminal and heartless people.”
“I have seen Fulani herdsmen before. I grew up in the north, we play with them, they play with us, all these ones carrying AK47, who gave them the guns. Who licensed it for them?”
Asked what he would do different about the herdsmen if he was in the government, Bakare said: “I will clamp down on them. Are there no forest in Sambisa where you can have ranches? I can understand if you say let’s create ranches to build our economy but the word colony is so unfortunate and absolutely insensitive. Who are you colonising?”
Reacting to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s controversial letter asking President Buhari not to contest again in 2019, Bakare said he agreed with the former president that the present government has failed.
The preacher added that any right thinking Nigerian would agree with Obasanjo’s letter that the present administration has failed.
He said: “By any way you look at it, this is not the government we all hoped for. This is not what we thought the government that promised us change in the beginning, this is not how we thought they would perform woefully.”