Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday berated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over the persistent killings by herdsmen across the country.
He declared that the magnitude of security challenge the country was experiencing under the current government was high when compared to what happened during his tenure.
The former president stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong over the recent killings in the state.
He lamented that the current government was doing little to stop killings by herdsmen amid the general insecurity in the country.
On how to end the killings, Obasanjo called on the federal and state governments to identify the root causes of insecurity and deal with them.
He, however, admitted that although there were problems during his time in government, “but not in this magnitude.”
According to him, “Even in my time, we had problems but not in this magnitude; we thought we were dealing with them as of that time but the earlier we deal with it, the better. I believe we can find solutions, we must find solutions.
“I’m here (in Jos) to express my condolences; what happened is very sad that in this day and age, this type of barbaric act is taking place in our country. I have suggested and I will say it again that we should find out the root cause of this problem and deal with it.
“There must be the remote and immediate cause, if we deal with it; we are not going to be multiplying condolence visits.
"I believe that any human problem has human solutions, I do hope and plead with the government at the federal level, those of you in states and even local government level, to join hands even at the community level to find the causes and deal with them permanently. We offer our condolences to the bereaved families, all we can say is that God knows the best.”