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Be Proactive In Curbing Benue Massacre, Jonathan’s Aide Tells PMB

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By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City

An aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Jude Imagwe, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up from slumber and be proactive in responding to security threats, especially the wanton killings by alleged Fulani herdsmen.

Imagwe who was the Senior Special Adviser on Youth and Students

Affairs to Jonathan challenged president Buhari while fielding questions from  newsmen weekend, in Benin.

It would be recalled that several persons have been killed in Nasarawa, Taraba and Benue and Kaduna States by herdsmen lately.

This is even as security operatives have also not been left out in the killings as some officers and men of various agencies have  been killed in the process of carrying out their legitimate duty of protecting lives.

The former students activist  who condole with the people of Benue State whim he said were being reduced numerically warned that if the checked, the incessant killings by herdsmen  Would spell doom for the unity and survival of Nigeria.

He expressed worry that the President, in spite of his military background have failed to deploy the military might used in decimating Boko Haram in the North East  against killer fulani herdsmen.

He also faulted the presidents seeming silence on the issue of fulani herdsmen; a situation he said  accounts for the unabated bloodletting .

According to him, “I am worry that the president who swore to protect the lives and properties of the citizens, has not been able to address the killings by headsmen and activities of cult groups in parts of the country.

“These killings wich has continued unabated, is a strong threat to the unity and perhaps, survival of the country as one entity, he added”

He said  “In view of this, it behold on the President to rise to the occasion of protecting all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or political lineage.

According to him, ‘I also fear the seeming hunger the activities of these fulani herdsmen will cause since they have succeeded in chasing farmers away from farms.

Imagwe also reminded the President that since the bulk stops with him, his administration will be remembered with the many killings in

Nigeria and not the cabal surrounding him.

He said the motive behind the heinous crime should not only be unravelled, but perpetrators of the crime brought to book.

He further advised the President to proffer solution to rise in poverty level among Nigerians and also address the challenges of unemployment that have risen astronomically lately.

While berating those who held the view that former President Jonathan’s government was hijacked, he said they should buried their heads in shame.

The former NANS President also called on the President to beam his anti-corruption search light on members of his government, whom he alleged, are hiding under his cover to corruptly enrich themselves.

“I am challenging the President et to beam his  anti corruption war on some members of his government to prove to Nigerians and indeed the world that he is not playing politics the fight,” he said.


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