The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Revd Dr Matthew Man’oso Ndagoso, has observed that, activities such as insurgency threats, kidnapping, militancy, together with social insecurity (which includes unemployment), cattle rustling, as well as incessant deadly conflicts between farmers have created a general sense of insecurity in the country.
The Archbishop made this assertion at an Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Monsignor Philip Davou Dung as the second Bishop of Shendam Diocese on Wednesday, in Shendam local government council of Plateau State.
In a sermon to mark the occasion, he said, “It seems that corruption has become our national trademark,” but swiftly commended the efforts of the federal government in “combating these ills that have become our banes,” while also commending the gallantry of the Armed Forces in their ‘technically defeating the Boko Haram insurgents’ and smoking them out of their base – the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
He prayed and hoped that the tempo would be sustained to enable the displaced people of the affected areas resume their normal lives, and for the zeal and tempo with which the insurgents were fought and technically defeated to be applied in resolving the incessant conflicts that have continued to cause untold hardships to many of the compatriots, especially in the central part of the country, particularly in the Southern Kaduna.
The Archbishop urged all concerned to, as a matter of urgency, do the needful to encourage the creation of an enabling environment for the gradual establishment of ranches by governments, communities, and individuals to help curb the ugly trend that is threatening the corporate existence of the country.
Archbishop Ndagoso stated that there is the urgent need for the establishment of ranches by land owners to rent to people with livestock, noting that, the debate about herdsmen and pastoralists is a debate about the future of the nation’s environment and human survival.
He urged the people to abandon the old practice of herdsmen movement in the droves across the country, which has more often than not paved way for violence that has unleashed untold havoc on the people, adding that, “today, the entire communities have been destroyed and the anger in the land is palpable,” he said.
According to him, the only way forward is for the government to arrest this crisscrossing of lands by herdsmen and their animals by exploring the options for the creation of ranches, which would make both economic and humane sense for the people.