Herdsmen attacks: Stop chasing shadows, HURIWA tells FG •Demands arrest of Miyetti Allah officials

Posted by News Express | 27 June 2018 | 934 times

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•HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop comparing the rate of killings by armed Fulani herdsman in Zamfara, Benue and Plateau states just as the Rights group says such insensitive statements from the President amounts to undue chasing of shadow.

The Rights group challenged President Buhari to direct the Department of State Services (DSS), and the military to arrest key officials of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association (MACBAN, including the regional official in North Central, Alhaji Danladi Ciroma, who reportedly justified the killings in Plateau state as a revenge for the alleged rustling of 300 cows.

Condemning the decision of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest notable Christian leader in Jos, Pastor Isa Elbuba, for condemning the Fulani instigated genocide across North Central, HURIWA described as despicable the sectional approach to law enforcement and the selective persecution of Christian leaders and the apparent immunity to kill farmers granted to Miyetti Allah Association.

The Rights group warned against the incessant wrongful arrests of Christian leaders and outspoken opposition politicians by the secret police for expressing their disgust over the lack of effective battle against armed Fulani insurgency. “Why is the DSS picking and choosing who to arrest when the chairman of MIYETTI Allah Cattle Owners Association confirmed that the 200 Plateau indigenes were slaughtered because Fulani herdsmen lost 300 cows? What can be more direct circumstantial evidence linking Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association to these attacks than this callous, reckless, irresponsible and vicious comments by Danladi Ciroma?”

Describing Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association as the most dangerous terrorist group in Nigeria, HURIWA has, therefore, urged the United States government; the United Kingdom; Germany and European Union to declare armed Fulani herdsmen backed by Miyetti Allah Organization as a terrorist group.

HURIWA says it is becoming clearer just like daylight is to darkness that President Muhammadu Buhari has not even the remotest political will to crush the armed Fulani herdsmen even as the rights group faulted Buhari’s reliance on supernatural forces to end the killings when the President has the powers under the Constitution to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists and order the systematic and strategic crushing of these killers whose sponsors have unveiled themselves as officials of Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association.


Source: News Express

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