In the just concluded week,the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, reportedly issued a seven-day ultimatum to the herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves within the state as their activities continue to cause a threat to security in the state.
According to the Governor,the move was a major step in curbing the root cause of kidnapping and other nefarious activities in the state as interrogations of victims of kidnap cases and other security reports suggest that the forest reserves have been turned into hideouts for criminal minds to carry out their activities.
The Governor also banned night-grazing with immediate effect, stating that most farm destruction takes place at night. Movement of cattle within cities and highways as well as under-aged grazing of cattle were also outlawed.
In order to better monitor the activities of the herders, the governor gave a grace period of seven days to herders who wish to carry on their businesses to register with appropriate authorities.
However, for the Presidency, the option of dialogue with the leadership of the Fulani communities would have been a better choice for the state government to speedily curb the insecurity, rather than the directives which come with its contradictions along ethnic lines.
On the foreign scene, Nigerians may have more reasons to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory at the poll and his subsequent inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
The Democrat President, on his first day in office, lifted the immigrant visa ban imposed by the former President Donald Trump on Nigerians and some other countries.
He stated that immigrants have helped strengthened America’s businesses; albeit the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, mentioned that the travel restrictions were imposed on Nigeria and the other countries in order to address security concerns.
We note that the worsening insecurity in the country demands urgent attention from both the states and Federal Government before it eventually spread to all other regions in the country.
More importantly, government must come up with strategic solutions, backed with political will to implement, as the insecurity issue appears to be anchored around ethnic lines which makes it a more difficult and delicate challenge to tackle without appearing bias to any of the parties involve.