The House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Government to include Kaduna and Plateau states among states ravaged by herdsmen and be visited by a subcommittee setup by Federal Government. The call came on the floor of the House under matters of urgent public importance entitled; “Urgent need for the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau states in the states affected by herdsmen/farmers crisis that the National Economic Council Working Group Subcommittee will visit for consultation,” moved by Hon. Sunday Marshall Katung.
Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker noted that Kaduna and Plateau states, which were the hotbed of the conflict, were inadvertently omitted from the states to be visited by the subcommittee. Katung explained that the mandate of the subcommittee headed by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, was to hold consultation with stakeholders and interested parties on how to bring an end to such conflict. He said Kaduna and Plateau states had witnessed several killings, adding that “the omission of these states from the interactions and consultations with the subcommittee will only ensure that the conflicts were not finally, comprehensively and conclusively addressed, which we believe was the true intent of the Federal Government.
“Every effort must be put in place to save Nigeria from these needless and brutal killings and that the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau states will advance this objective. In his contribution, Hon. Jagaba Adams said: “The number of people killed by herdsmen in my state is three times higher than those killed in Benue.
But why is the Benue case different? Because they have a governor standing by them; God is watching and he’s going to send his ballistic missiles to destroy them.” The House, however, mandated its Committee on Public Safety and Intelligence to immediately contact and liaise with the Office of the Vice- President to ensure the inclusion of both Kaduna and Plateau states among the states affected by the crisis that the National Economic Council Working Group Subcommittee will consult with and report back to the House within two weeks.