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Defence’s statement is display of insensitivity – Wike

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that the Minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, displayed high level of insensitivity for suggesting that the anti-grazing law in Benue State was the cause of killings by Fulani herdsmen.

The Minister, while addressing newsmen in Abuja, had said that the blockage of cattle routes across the country was the remote cause of the killings by herdsmen.
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Dan-Ali had also said that the implementation of anti-open grazing law in some states was the immediate cause of the killings.

Speaking through his Commissioner for Information and Communication, Emma Okah, Wike said, “So far, there is no indication that the state government is planning to create grazing routes or cattle colonies in the state.

“The statement by the minister only smacks of insensitivity on his (minister’s ) part.

“Assuming that grazing routes were blocked, should killing become the next action?

“We are not in a jungle, we are a society of enlightened people. If there is a problem, people should come together and find a solution to it and not take up arms and kill innocent people.”

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