Mr Tunde Bakare, a former Vice-Presidential Candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), has said that if he is Nigeria’s President, he would ‘clamp down’ on herdsmen.
Bakare in an interview with Channels Television on Sunday lamented the spate of killings allegedly carried out by herdsmen in some parts of the country and faulted the use of the word ‘cattle colonies’ as suggested by the Federal Government.
“I can understand if you say let us create ranches because this would boost our economy, but the word colony used is so unfortunate and absolutely insensitive. Who are you colonising?
“I will clamp them down in so many ways. Are there no forests in Sambisa forest where you can have ranches?” he questioned.
Bakare, who is also the Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, is of the view that the country is in a state of war considering the attacks that have sent many to their early graves.
Despite this, however, he maintains that the solution to the numerous challenges the country is faced with borders solely on restructuring rather than disintegration.
“Let us restructure, the irrational cycle of four-four years is causing this country to bleed and we will bleed to death. Money that should be used for the development of this country (is being wasted) on things that really don’t count.
“Recycle the same people over and over again and every four years, we go to the poll. We are putting the cart before the horse. We will not go forward,” he said.
On the performance of the Buhari administration, Bakare lamented that the government had failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians that yearned for change in 2015.
“No matter how you look at it, this is not the government that we all hoped for. This is not what we thought that this government that promised change at the beginning, this is how they will perform so woefully. Any right thinking Nigerian will agree to that,” he said.