Declare Fulani herdsmen terrorists, Buhari told

Posted by News Express | 13 July 2020 | 1,539 times

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist group including the Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association which backs the daredevil activities of the killer Fulani herdsmen.

HURIWA believes that the biased policy of President Buhari in appeasing the killer armed Fulani herdsmen is the single most dangerous public relations damage being done to the Nigerian Fulani community because the violent activities of the few who are being backed by some influential power wielders in the Presidency is making other multi-ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria to perceive the Fulani indigenous Nigerians as war-mongers and mass-killers.

“The best solution to this building up of toxic perception about the Fulani ethnicity is for the current administration to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists so the anti terorism law is applied fully to deal decisively with the killer Fulani herdsmen who have clearly declared war on Nigeria and Nigerians including even the peace loving Fulani like those killed by armed Fulani herdsmen in a part of Bauchi State recently.

“HURIWA has for over 50 times since the last five years asked that President Buhari should emphatically declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists because of the cocktails of organised genocides and mass murders that they have continued to perpetrate since the last few years resulting in the killings of over 6,000 innocent people all over the nation with the epicentre being the North Central states of Southern Kaduna State, Benue and Plateau states.

“We are sure that the President who is Fulani has refused to take steps to protect Nigerians who have being under bombardment and attacks from largely foreign Fulani herdsmen recruited by the Local Fulani herdsmen to unleash bloody violence against farm owners and villagers so as to occupy these lands for purposes of illegally grazing their cows instead of establishing ranches to observe the twenty first century compliant agricultural practices of animal husbandry.”

HURIWA said it backs the call by the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, for the classification of armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists as stated in his charter of demand made on Saturday, July 11, 2020 when condemning the recent killings in several parts of the state by suspected herdsmen. Dr Ortom had said only a terrorist group would deliberately choose to violate the Benue anti-open grazing law.

The Benue state governor accused the herdsmen of violating the 2017 law that prohibits open grazing just as he stated that declaring armed herdsmen as terrorists would end the wave of impunity and guarantee the rule of law in the state.

HURIWA said the statement of the Benue State government is logical and sound. But the group asked the state government to take steps allowed by the constitution to enforce the lawfully made legislation by the State House of Assembly since the Nigerian Constitution in section 4 of the Constitution permits a State Assembly to make laws to protect the citizens of the specified state in the country.

In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said the President is in gross violation of several sections of the constitution including his oath of office by allowing tribal and religious sentiments to becloud his sense of judgment which explains why he unilaterally declared a peaceful group of agitators for self-determination such as the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the religious group of Islamic Movement of Nigeria as terrorists groups only for peacefully advancing and canvassing their democratic views.

HURIWA said it is incumbent on President Buhari-led administration to confront armed Fulani herdsmen because the constitution is clear in section 14 that the primary duty of government is security and welfare of the citizens.

Source: News Express

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