Herdsmen’s Attack: You can only have ancestral attachment alive – Femi Adesina
Amnesty Internation had last week accused the Nigerian government of instigating the crisis rocking the herdsmen and the farmers in the far north.
The government claimed innocence of the accusation by AI, however, the Presidential aide, Femi Adesina on Wednesday said the people will not be concerned about ancestral attachment to their land if they were dead.
He made this statement when asked about the ancestral attachment by the people of the people that lost their homes to the invaders.
Adesina said if you are dead, you can’t talk about ancestral attachment, a statement that is currently attracting reactions from Nigerians.
H said: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are talking about ancestral attachment, if you are dead, how does the attachment matter?
“The National Economic Council that recommended ranching didn’t just legislate it, there were recommendations.
“So, if your state genuinely does not have land for ranching, it is understandable; not every state will have land for ranches. But where you have land and you can do something, please do for peace. What will the land be used for if those who own it are dead at the end of the day?”
Adesina further said the administration is doing its best to ensure peace throughout the country.
“There are different theatres of crises in the country and you may look at each theatre with its peculiarities. In the Middle Belt, it has its own peculiarities and what is the peculiarity of that, Farmers-Herders conflict. What has the government done?
“It has sent in security agencies starting with the police, later troops, later different operations by the military,” he said.
Bodies were scattered on the street on the 23rd of June in Plateau state as herdsmen invaded, burned and maim everyone on their ways.