Recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase and by extension the security community to clamp down on rampaging herdsmen in the country is a welcome development, even though it came late.
It came few days after about 40 persons were hacked to death in Enugu community by suspected Fulani herdsmen. In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari condemned the attack and reiterated his commitment towards ensuring safety of lives and property in the country.
Buhari therefore directed the agencies to seek out, arrest and prosecute the culprits as a lasting solution to the unnecessary killings perpetrated by suspected herdsmen across the country.
Like other serial killings perpetrated by suspected Fulani herdsmen with impunity which the federal government and security agencies looked the other way, it took the Enugu carnage and its attendant national and international reactions and outcries to draw their attention. This is a rather sad and regrettable national crime, just after the dastardly Agatu killings and similar genocidal invasions carried out in many parts of the country by the suspected herdsmen.
Many argue that the deaths could have been avoided if the Buhari-led federal government had long risen to the occasion and taken security of lives and property serious. In their argument, much success would have been recorded with a view to tackling the ugly development.
Expectedly, the Chief of Defense Staff, Inspector-General of Police and heads of security agencies have started barking through the media, warning gun-wielding herdsmen to surrender or face the wrath of the law. They have assured Nigerians that they have already started taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice in line with the presidential mandate.
To show its seriousness, security chiefs recently held a crucial meeting with the cattle breeders association, Miyetti Allah on the issue.
Also, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu state has been redeployed, and another posted. We have been assured that never again will anybody take up arms against a fellow Nigerian anywhere in the country. For now, we believe them hoping they will keep to the promise.
But assurances alone are not enough. We expect to see drastic action taken against the murderous herdsmen, through arrests and prosecution in line with the laws of the land. Both the perpetrators and their sponsors must be exposed to serve as deterrent to others.
This is what Nigerians are demanding. We are convinced that if stringent, proactive measures are adopted against these killers, it will go a long way in restoring lasting peace and unity in Nigeria and rekindle peoples’ fate in the government.

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