The Nigerian presidency has reacted to the rejection of federal government’s committee on herdsmen and farmer clashes by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.
Miyetti Allah rejected the committee because of the inclusion of Darius Ishaku and Samuel Ortom, the governors of Taraba and Benue States respectively.
The group said the two governors are strong supporters of the anti-grazing bill and the states have passed laws in that regard.
Laolu Akande, Vice Presidential spokesman in reply said nothing will stop the committee from carrying out its assignment.
“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,” the presidential statement said.
“So we note the views of all and welcome their right to their own positions. Government would also do its job to secure the well- being 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 federal government 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 followed it would be over under the Buhari administration by the special Grace of God,” he said.