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Meanwhile, the Grand Council of Yoruba Youths has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a peace meeting between host communities, herdsmen, and critical stakeholders as a way out of the herders’ crisis in the Southwest.
It urged the government to immediately implement the outcome of such meeting across the region to avoid further loss of life and property.
The group observed that the government’s failure to meet people’s expectations with regard to the problem is one of the factors fuelling people’s interest in succession.
The Council, in a statement, noted that the herders/farmers crisis, which hitherto was a northern problem had spread to other parts of the country.
It said: “This development is not limited to the Southwest alone but it is now in vogue in other regions where the residents have been pushed to the wall by the unfriendly attitudes of the criminals among the herdsmen.
“Just like Lagos/Abuja Express, Abuja/Kaduna Express, Kaduna/Kano, the Benin/Ore Express has also become a death trap since for the innocent travellers, courtesy, these notorious criminals among the herdsmen…
“In Kwara, Ekiti, Ogun States and several other states, there is a similar outcry, and the episode appears as if we don’t have the competent law enforcement agents in place or there is no matching order from above for them to act on.
“We have been witnessing attacks and counter-attacks here and there and this portends a great danger to the peaceful co-existence of various ethnic groups in Nigeria.”