A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, rubbished claims by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu that the crisis between herdsmen and farmer was due to water scarcity and not religious.
Tinubu, who was represented by an Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Sunday Dare, in Abuja yesterday had explained that the desertification in most parts of the North had caused herders to move southward with their cattle in search of greener pastures contrary to insinuations.
“The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle. We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.
“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states. In the long run, this will enable herders to better maintain their livestock and thus their own livelihood,” he added.
But, Fani-Kayode, in his reaction, described Tinubu’s claim as, “a pernicious and disingenuous lie.”
In a tweet, Fani-Kayode wrote: ” To claim that the genocidal agenda of the herdsmen is due to water scarcity, climate change or the drying up of River Chad is a pernicious and disingenuous lie.
“The attempt to cover up the motive and identity of those who indulge in mass murder and ethnic cleansing is despicable.”