Re: Ma­jor mil­i­tary oper­a­tion un­der­way in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau- DHQ

Daily Trust - - LETTER TO THE EDITOR -

In the course of the oper­a­tion, the mil­i­tary author­ity should ex­hibit the high­est de­gree re­straint and show pro­fes­sion­al­ism while car­ry­ing out their as­sign­ment. This is in view of the fact that many vil­lagers are al­leg­ing sight­ing he­li­copters hov­er­ing in the bush where the sus­pected ma­raud­ers are be­lieved to be op­er­at­ing from.

This call be­comes nec­es­sary to avoid sub-ject­ing in­no­cent herders from un­nec­es­sary ha­rass­ment thereby mak­ing them more hos­tile to con­sti­tuted author­ity.

I per­son­ally think pos­i­tive en­gage­ment would yield bet­ter re­sult than en­gag­ing them in frat­ri­ci­dal con­flict. The states con­cerned must as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity lead the process of en­gage­ment with the no­mads rather than cry­ing all the time to the federal govern­ment for in­ter­ven­tion.

Fi­nally, if there is jus­tice per­me­at­ing across all seg­ments of the so­ci­ety ir­re­spec­tive of eth­nic or re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tions, eighty per­cent of the prob­lem would be re­solved with­out a shot be­ing fired!

Salim Musa Umar , SSA to Plateau State Gover­nor on Fu­lani Com­mu­nity <smu­mar2005@>

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