President Buhari strengthens ties with traditional rulers

Timothy Choji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari in Taraba State for the meeting with traditional rulers.

The Nigerian Government will continue to strengthen relations with traditional institutions in order to find lasting solutions to the herdsmen and farmers crises.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, while on a visit to personally assess the security situation.

President Buhari, accompanied by the State Governor, Darius Ishaku, had an interactive forum with traditional rulers, community leaders, representatives of farmers and herdsmen, security chiefs and some top government officials in the State.

The President said the on-going efforts to restore peace would require the full support and commitment of all traditional institutions, especially in appealing to their followers to respect the dignity of life.

“I am appealing to the traditional rulers not to give up in pursuing peace,’’ he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the State Governor Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku listens to complains by differnet enthic groups during a visit to Jalingo Taraba State over current crises between the Herdsmen and Farmers in the Northen Nigeria. PHOTO; SUNDSY AGHAEZE. MAR 6, 2018

President Buhari told the royal fathers and leaders that the government was fully committed to resolving the crises between herdsmen and farmers and would be counting on their structures, good will and experience in promoting harmony.

The President warned that “all the perpetrators of violence in the country would be investigated and prosecuted,” while condoling with the families that lost loved ones in the mayhems.

 “I came here mainly to have this forum with leaders, traditional rulers and the State government to extend my condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and properties,’’ he said.

President Buhari said his administration had focused on securing the country since assumption of office.

President Muhammadu Buhari accompanied by the State Governor Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku exchanges greetings with Traditional Rulers during a visit to Jalingo Taraba State over current crises between the Herdsmen and Farmers in the Northen Nigeria. PHOTO; SUNDSY AGHAEZE. MAR 6, 2018

“The worst critics of the All Progressives Congress, APC will agree that we have tried in improving the security situation in the country, right from the Boko Haram attacks. The country has to be secured before you can manage the economy,’’ the President noted.

In his remarks, Governor Ishaku said he inherited a State that was deeply divided along ethnic and tribal lines, noting that his government, working with security agencies, had been working hard to reconcile the different groups.

The Governor, who commended the Nigerian government for the on-going construction of the Mambila Hydro Power Plant, said the completion of the project would greatly impact on the economy of the State and the nation.

In their various remarks, the traditional rulers and community leaders said a strict adherence to the rule of law and appropriate punishment for perpetrators of mayhem would reduce the violence that had claimed many lives.

Sammie Idika