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Herdsmen attacks: Cleric solicits special salary for Police, DSS, military

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

A cleric and founder of the Hours of Mercy Prayer Ministry, Orioke Alaseyori, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Prophet Moses Muyideen Kasali, has advised the Federal Government to prepare special salaries for security outfits in the country to be able to have the patriotic zeal to stop insecurity in Nigeria.

Kasali said the method of attacks by herdsmen on their victims which was killings and kidnappings was becoming worrisome, saying it would take a well-funded, combined forces of the police and military to have abatement to these attacks in the country.

The cleric charged political leaders, led by former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, governors and traditional rulers, to rise to the rising insecurity in the South West, by mobilising the populace against banditry.

Speaking with newsmen in Odo Owa-Ekiti, on Wednesday, Prophet Kasali appealed to the governors in the South West not to treat the alarm raised by Afenifere that the region was under siege of herdsmen attack.

The cleric advised the governors to begin aggressive mobilisation of all groups, including tradition rulers, security groups; like Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and vigilance groups, to be on alert and ward-off imminent breakdown of law and order in the region.

“The highway robbery in the southwest, particularly along Aramoko-Efon-Iwaraja Ondo-Akure-Ado road up to Osun state should be stopped.

“Lagos-Ibadan axis too is not safe, so the Federal Government must do something about it.

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” Wherever you go in the southwest, the fear now has been that people are no longer safe because of suspected herdsmen, who are daily killing the people or abducting them.

“Adequate compensations should be given to security men who are fighting at the warfronts, that is if the federal government can’t come up with special salaries for the security formations, which Nigerians believed is the best option”.

Kasali advised the governors in the southwest to forget about party differences and work together to tame the rampaging kidnapping and killings across the states in the zone.

” The southwest governors must synergize to avert danger in our zone.

“The South West is known to be peaceful and home to all in this country. It is also the economic hub because of the influence of Lagos and Ibadan population.

” Southwest is strategic to the survival of our country, and once the area is unstable, our country will run into trouble”, he warned.