The Yemi Osinbajo Committee on herdsmen / farmers clashes is pressing ahead with its assignment regardless of the recent objection of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to the membership of Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) of the panel.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association’s rejection of Ortom and Ishaku stemmed from their introduction of the anti-open grazing laws in their states.
However, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the vice president, Mr. Laolu Akande, said that the job of the committee was in the interest of all Nigerians, especially all the communities and parties affected by the crises.
He said panel would ,therefore,leave no stone unturned to ensure peace and security of life and property in the affected communities.
“Our job is to all Nigerians and in this case all affected parties and communities. The interest of the administration is peace and the first duty of government is to provide peace and security of life and property,”Akande said.
“We note the views of all and welcome their right to their own positions. Government would also do its job to secure the wellbeing of all Nigerians including those who have expressed their opinions.
“The Working Group has met once already and would continue to meet to ensure that all Nigerians live in peace and security.
“The Group is made up of elected governors including those whose communities are affected. And we should not forget that all those serving in States as Governors and FG have sworn to protect the constitution. That is the guarantee by law that their actions would be fair and without fear or favour.
“This crisis and the misunderstanding that attends it would be over under the Buhari administration by the special Grace of God.”
The Osinbajo committee was set up by the last meeting of the National Economic Council towards finding solution to the killings in the affected communities.