12 January 2018
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has maintained that the crisis between herdsmen and farmers on the border of Nasarawa and Benue States is a communal situation.
The IGP stuck to his earlier pronouncement over the crisis which had generated a lot of criticism from several Nigerians during a stakeholders’ meeting he convened on Thursday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, to bring to an end the ongoing crisis between the two groups on the border of the two states.
His position was a departure from what he said in Benue State last Wednesday when he was forced to apologise to the residents of the state for describing the killings by suspected herdsmen as a communal crisis.
On Thursday, Idris said he was in Nasarawa State based on a directive on him by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile the aggrieved communities.
“I am still referring to communities because we are dealing with human beings, and when you are dealing with human beings, you have to consult the dialogue between those various parties in the community before you can arrive at a very amiable solution,” he added.
He said: “I still want to maintain that what we are having is a communal situation. These are people that have lived together for years and I think we should be our brother’s keeper. We should tolerate one another as Nigerians.
“The fact is that there is nobody that can wish away any Nigerian where he is, and that is why the issue of tolerance is what Nigerians must take very seriously. I was a commissioner of police in this state and I encountered what you people are experiencing today,” he continued.
He therefore called on Nigerians, where ever they are, to try to relate with one another in order to have peace and harmony in the Nigerian society.