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TMC condemns Benue killings, seeks peaceful land use by herders, farmers

(R-L) Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, Chair, TMC Committee on Social Mobilisation,  Economy and Politics; Alhaji AbdulWaasi Bangbala, General Secretary, TMC; and Alhaji Mikail Animasahun,  Assistant Secretary, at TMC’s 2018 First Quarter State of the Nation Address in Lagos.

The Muslim Congress (TMC), a faith-based organisation, has condemned `senseless’ killings in several parts of the country by Boko Haram, herdsmen, kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers.

The congress made the condemnation in its first quarter, 2018, address on the state of the nation.

The address was presented by  Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, Chairman, TMC Committee on Social Mobility, Economy and Politics.

The TMC, however, praised the Federal Government for efforts in tackling security challenges

“The security challenge by the Boko Haram terrorist organisation is being frontally tackled by the military.

“A commendable crucial step was the recent approval of one billion U.S. dollars by the Governors’ Forum for fighting security challenges.

“This should step up intelligence gathering and upgrade the armoury of the security personnel,’’ it said.

The organisation described the recent killings in Benue as shameful.

“We condemn Benue killings that have led to the loss of about 71 lives in one week.

“We commiserate with the families of the deceased, and urge the Federal Government to go after the perpetrators and ensure they are brought to book.

“The killings between herdsmen and farmers are security breaches that have gone far.

“A holistic approach that settles amicably the use of land between these two groups must be sought and enforced.’’

On sad experiences of some Nigerians and some Africans in Libya, TMC cautioned the citizens against travelling without genuine documents.

“Such journeys, especially through the desert, are fraught with dangers of unimaginable proportions.

“Nigerians should not put themselves through more hardships,’’ it said.

The group urged the Federal Government to continue to provide assistance to stranded Nigerians who want to return home.

It also appealed to state governments to help to rehabilitate returnees.

The committee hailed the ban on open grazing, saying that it would go a long way to stop the killings.

“Security operatives must go all out to arrest anybody who contravenes the law,’’ it said.

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