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Show You Aren’t A Bigot By Declaring Armed Herdsmen Terrorists, HURIWA Tells Buhari

…Condemns Govt’s Silence On Killing Of Policemen By Herdsmen

A call has for the umpteenth time gone to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration  to shun tribalism and Ethnic jingoism by proscribing armed Fulani herdsmen and the Association that backs it  as  terrorists and therefore take military and administrative measures to fully disarm these herdsmen and arrest and prosecute the armed herdsmen responsible for the spate of killings of villagers all across the Country. 

HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said from a study it conducted in the last two years, over 6000 innocent lives have been wasted by armed Fulani herdsmen in coordinated violence across many States in Nigeria even as it lamented the Federal government’s deliberate failure to stop these killings and bring the killers to justice.

The Pro-Democracy and Non-Governmental organisation-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) which repeated this advocacy amidst reports of the gruesome killings of  no fewer than seven policemen on Thursday night in Dowaya Village, Numan Local Council of Adamawa State while trying to repel an attack by suspected armed herdsmen said the continuous tolerance of serial attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen by the Federal government under the Fulani Katsina state’s born President Muhammadu Buhari is creating the impression of a Presidency headed and directed by bigots and Ethnic jingoists.

HURIWA in the statement made against the backdrop of the violent attacks by armed Fulani in a suspected reprisal over the despicable killings of some Fulani residence of Numan Local Council by suspected armed hoodlums, the Rights group carpeted President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotum Idriss for their disgraceful and unfortunate silence days after the dastardly crime of the violent killings of policemen by armed Fulani herdsmen.

HURIWA in a statement jointly authorised by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf condemned the persistent refusal of government at the center to adopt legal measures and indeed activate effective deterrent mechanisms available within the frameworks of the Nigerian laws such as banning the bearing of weapons by Fulani herdsmen and categorically pronouncing them as Terrorists most especially the outspoken Miyetti Allah Cattle forum which constantly backs the violent activities undertaken by armed Fulani herdsmen. 

HURIWA in the statement criticised the Federal government of Muhammadu Buhari for failing to take strong action to stop the incessant attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen all across the Country even as the group blamed the lack of strong response of government for the emerging pattern of revenge killings on some peaceful and unarmed Fulani members of some communities such as the  sad incident  that happened in Numan Local Council by suspected armed hoodlums which attacked a Fulani residence and massacred scores of Fulanis. 

“We strongly condemn any such revenge killings targeting innocent Fulani citizens of Nigeria and we urge the relevant law enforcement agencies to do the needful by preventing such dastardly crime from ever happening and apprehending the persons responsible for both attacks which targeted Fulani community and the Mobile Policemen.”

HURIWA reminded President Muhammadu Buhari that it had since many years back consistently warned against treating with kid gloves the violent attacks of farmers by armed Fulani herdsmen just as it also reminded the President that a year ago it warned that the failure to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists and therefore effectively combat the menace would result in civil wars and wondered why the President has remained soft on the issue of attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen.

HURIWA  wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari was in a hurry to pronounce the non-violent Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a terror organisation just for campaigning for self determination of South East of Nigeria but the same President looks the other way and maintained undignified and worrying conspiratorial silence over numerous cases of armed invasions of communities by armed Fulani herdsmen in Enugu, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Edo and Delta State.

HURIWA affirmed that the case of the recent brutal attack of Police formation in Numan local government area of Adamawa is such a significantly disturbing phenomenon that even the military establishment in confirming the killings by armed Fulani herdsmen through the Brigade Commander of 23 Amoured Brigade Brigadier-Genaral Bello Muhammadu, accepted that four policemen were killed just as independent sources stated that indeed 7 policemen were massacred.

HURIWA recalled that the Brigade commander pointed out that the incident took place when the policemen were trying to repel an attack by Suspected Fulani armed herdsmen who overpowered them and killed four and  added that the corpses of the four policemen were evacuated from the area after the soldiers launched rocket propelled grenade and dispersed the attackers.

HURIWA citing media sources stated that Numan the headquarters of Numan local government has been desserts for the fear of reprisal attack in the council headquarters just as it cautioned prominent religious leaders such as the Sultan of Sokoto to thread carefully and avoid making insensitive  statements and unleashing emotional outbursts than can stoke the embers of revenge attacks.

HURIWA in the statement said only the declaration of armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists by President Muhammadu Buhari can quicken the process of effectively disarming them and stopping further supplies of weapons to them from a number of sources which till date are yet to be identified by all the law enforcement agencies in the Country. 

The Rights group condemned the inability of the Nigeria’s Customs, Immigration Service and the armed security forces for failing to prevent the proliferation of small arms and sophisticated weapons amongst Fulani herdsmen parading around all over the different farming communities. 

HURIWA has also called for the establishment of joint military task force to wage unrelenting battles against armed Fulani herdsmen and other multiple freelance armed hoodlums who are unleashing coordinated violence on such unimaginable scales that have made Nigeria look like a war zone. 

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