Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari has stated that herdsmen killings cannot be put to rest because perpetrators see the attacks as a money-making venture.
Yari stated this in an interview with State House correspondents on Thursday after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The closed-door meeting, held at the Vice President’s Office, was attended by the governors of Adamawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Kaduna; the deputy governors of Benue and Oyo States as well as the Ministers of Agriculture and Interior.
It would be recalled that the National Economic Council presided by Vice president Yemi Osinbajo set up a 10-man committee to end the crisis.
Yari said leaders from the affected states of Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Zamfara would join the new committee in order to interface with the Miyetti Allah to proffer solutions in reducing the crisis to the barest minimum.
“Why we cannot say we can put this matter to rest is because some of them have taken this as a money-making venture, some are criminals who hide under this to perpetrate this act.
“The crisis had been a long standing problem which some states have been battling with since 2007.
“In our discussion today (yesterday), we have set up a committee headed by the governor of Ebonyi State, while Plateau and Adamawa governors are members. Other people will be brought to join the committee from hotspot states—Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Zamfara—where there is crisis so that they can interface with the Meyitta Allah and other groups to see how we can reduce this to the nearest minimum.
“As government, we have to take all the measures. Despite the fact that the army, the police, all the security agents are on the field at the respective places, still, we have to form this committee to interface with those actors so that this matter can be reduced to the barest minimum and possibly be wiped off,” Yari said.