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Govt working to tackle herdsmen, farmers crisis in Nigeria – Obiano

The Anambra state governor, chief Willie Obiano, said the federal government is facing a recurrent crisis between cattle herdamen and indigenous farmers in Nigeria.

Obiano, who spoke during the celebration of a Eucharistic mass to mark the beginning of the celebration of the 59th independence anniversary of Nigeria at Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick, Awka, in Anambra state, said that the government was working and that would soon be something of the past.

He asked for prayers to the church and the cooperation of Nigerians in the area to fulfill their obligations.

“I urge you all to pray for the leaders of this country to succeed, as well as play your own part in making the country succeed through prompt payment of taxes, for the betterment of the state and country.

“We prayed that soon, the issue of herdsmen attacks in Nigeria, would be a thing of the past.

“I re-assure you of the commitment of my administration to security of lives and property in the state. Anambra State under my watch would by the grace of God, continue to be the safest state in Nigeria.”

Earlier, while delivering the homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor charged Christians to strive to change the society for the better. He called on them to challenge the world’s conscience, its value system and paradigm.

He pointed out that governance should be for the common good of the people, while charging government officials at all levels to live up to the demands and expectations of the office they occupy.

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The Bishop called all, especially the politicians to guard against what he described as stealing from the poor, and in turn, using the proceeds of theft to manipulate the poor.

He condemned the rate of insecurity in the country, and flayed the Federal Government for not taking drastic action to curb the menace of Fulani Herdsmen attacks.

“It appears the Federal Government value mere cows more than human beings, and as such had failed in addressing the many attacks and killings of innocent persons by the suspected Fulani Herdsmen,” Ezeokafor wondered.

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