Herdsmen Killings: You Are The Terrorist, Group Blasts Fayose

Alfred Osborne
January 12, 2018

Many were seen sobbing as the coffins of their loved ones were lowered to the ground.The clash between the herders and the farmers happened on New Year's Day when the cattle herders, widely believed to be from the Fulani tribe, went on a rampage wielding machetes, the governor of the state told CNN.

Ortom, in his remarks, said the latest killing was the most heartless.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the incarcerated leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, his wife, and a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd). This is because we want to abide by the law.

Ortom stated this in Makurdi on Thurday, January 11, 2018, at a mass burial for 73 victims of the herdsmen crisis.

The fresh attacks and killings are said to be the response of Fulani herdsmen who are opposed to the anti-open grazing law that came into force in Benue state on November 1, 2017. Garba Shehu, the President's spokesman, said that it had roots in Nigeria's booming population. At her independence, the population of the country was estimated at about 63 million."Today it's close to 200 million while the land size has not changed and will not change".

Cartoon Farmer vs Herdsman in Nigeria
Cartoon Farmer vs Herdsman in Nigeria

The group further absolved President Buhari of complicity in the Fulani herdsmen killings, describing the "President as a caring leader who took an oath to protect and defend this country, saying "if we are to be honest to him, we will agree that he is trying his best to put an end to the security challenges in the country but that can not work if we have saboteurs who are living with us who instigate crisis and live a luxurious life, while the poor continue to suffer". When will these killings by Fulani herdsmen stop?

"It is obvious that Fayose's statements and antics are politically motivated to blackmail President Buhari's administration ahead of the 2019 election, but no amount of campaign of calumny can stop Buhari's re-election because majority of discerning Nigerians are impressed with his performance". Isn't the silence of the President suggestive?

The rights group said it was unconstitutional, that instead of arresting, prosecuting and sending the convicted killers to firing squads for their horrendous crimes against humanity, government officials are debating on measures to reward the armed Fulani herdsmen with the juicy landed assets in the name of cattle colonies at public costs even when the forceful or pretentious confiscation of ancestral landed assets and donation to Fulani herdsmen in odd communities is capable of igniting long lasting asymmetric civil wars.

The group said the governor has failed the people of Benue state and the Middle Belt generally in safeguarding their lives and property."Time is extremely overripe for you to do the needful by honourably resigning your position as the executive Governor of Benue state without further delay".

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