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Northern governors condemn “attacks on Fulani herdsmen”, really?

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This is becoming very offensive and insulting.

So the Northern Governors Forum [NGF] led by Governor Shettima of Borno State actually convened and condemned what they call “attacks on Fulani herdsmen” on the internet? 

Are these people well at all? 

The Enugu attack may have been the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

I listened to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Channels TV last evening accusing security agencies of complicity in the attack. 

The governor has apparently disagreed with the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase on the identity of the attackers.

According to the governor, he received intelligence report that Fulani herdsmen were going to attack the Uzo community and he immediately summoned an emergency security meeting which had in attendance representatives of all security agencies and state government officials. 

It took President Buhari weeks for him to

take a position on the issue. That is

irresponsible. A leader cannot be silent

when innocent people are being killed.

One life is important. 

The meeting commenced at 10 pm (the night preceding the attack). 

The governor even mobilised the security agencies with logistics (obviously money).

Despite being alerted of the looming attack, the security agencies deliberately refused to act and allowed the herdsmen to attack the community unchallenged. 

According to Channels TV, the security agencies in the state have refused to react to the governors indicting statement, claiming that they only take instructions from the center.

This is a very serious issue.

I cannot fathom why the Northern governors will issue a statement defending the herdsmen instead of commensuration with the victims. 

They claimed that the entire Fulani race is being maligned because of the attacks.

Sincerely, with the latest information, it is obvious that the federal government has deliberately tolerated the killings by the herdsmen. 

It took President Buhari weeks for him to take a position on the issue. That is irresponsible!

A leader cannot be silent when innocent people are being killed. One life is important. 

It is even more annoying that the Inspector General of Police is more preoccupied with exculpating the herdsmen and blaming so-called “hoodlums” for the attack.

If the President and the federal government are not in support of the murderous activities of the herdsmen, let there be an independent probe of the grave allegations made by the governor of Enugu State. 

Nigerians should be told why no action was taken to forestall the attack despite the information made available to the security agencies. 

The federal government should hold those whose negligence led to the attack responsible. 

People should be sanctioned.

Inibehe Effiong

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