The Yoruba Socio-Political Group, Afenifere, yesterday condemned the Federal government for their indifferent attitude to the reckless killings by the Fulani herdsmen going on all over the country.
The group could not but express surprise over why government through the Information Minister Lai Muhammed said it was working silently on the matter whereas killings were carried out by the heartless herdsmen openly.
At the end of its monthly meeting which lasted for five hours, Afenifere in a communique issued in Akure, refused to accept the statement said to have been made by the minister saying that killings “cannot be going on openly and government is working silently.” In the communique which was read by the group’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere said:
“we reject the statement of Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed that the federal government is working silently on this matter. Several killings cannot be going on in the open and the federal government says it’s working silently, it is unfortunate that that statement is coming from the federal government of Nigeria. There can’t be any silent working over these killing and the action of the federal government must be opened”.
“The meeting is worried about recent spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen across the country as evident in Agatu killings, the murder of Olu Falae’s guard in his farm, the killings in Ibadan and the latest being the heinous murder of over 40 Nigerians in cold blood in Enugu.
“We are worried that federal government seems to have maintained indifference to the wanton killings going on across the country against the provisions of the constitution. That the federal government has a duty to protect the lives and properties of every citizens of Nigeria.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to speak up on this matter and to take urgent action to restore the sense of people of Nigeria, especially in the south and middle belt .
Afenifere also disclosed their worry over the fact that the DSS which went to the press to announce that they discovered a grave in the south east where they claimed to have found the bodies of Fulani men, has continue to maintain silence over the ongoing killings across the country, adding that being an organisation for all Nigerians, they should be concerned and should make reports about the killings carried out by the Fulani herdsmen not just what they called ‘the killing of people from certain ethnic group’ among the over 250 groups in Nigeria. The group further said that:
“In view of the fact that Yoruba nation have had more than a fair share of this siege in the country by these Fulani herdsmen, we demand immediate meeting of all South west governors irrespective of their party affiliation. They should ensure that they meet to device means and ways to protect the lives of their citizens and properties against these invaders who are rampaging everywhere.
“We equally call on our member in the National Assembly to stand up and speak out on what is going on now so that they can be seen as true representatives of their people.
“We believe that given the fact that Nigeria is threading on the path of disintegration if the issue of Fulani herdsmen is not well handled, we demand the immediate implementation of the 2014 CONFAB report which provided solutions to most of the problems confronting Nigerians including the issues of the Fulani herdsmen.”