Following the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the incessant killing of a daily increasing number of people by the Fulani herdsmen in different parts of the country, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyike, on Wednsday, berated him for his nonchalant attitude, describing his behaviour as dangerous and disturbing.
Chief Onyike who said this in a statement issued in Abakaliki, the state capital pointed out that President Buhari’s silence over the activities of the Fulani herdsmen could be perceived as an act of selectivity in tackling terrorist organisations, advising that the president should adopt a holistic policy in its war against the menace. He also added that the continuous killings by the Fulani herdsmen has become a very serious threat to the security of Nigeria as a nation and therefore requires to be treated as a national emergency in order to maintain stability in the nation.
The statement reads:
“The APC government must urgently address the persistent killings by Fulani herdsmen being reported in several parts of the country, especially the most recent and widely reported case of the alleged massacre of over 300 persons in Agatu in Benue State. The deadly and vicious invasion by the herdsmen may snowball into a monumental human tragedy unless President Muhammadu Buhari decides to address the problem.
“The silence of President Muhammadu Buhari in the face of the security threat by the Fulani herdsmen has become disturbing and dangerous as the menace had spread to several states and geo-political zones in the country. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has been reacting to terrorist atrocities and killings in other parts of the world. Some of the incidents he condemned included the recent killing of 18 persons in Ivory Coast; the bombing and killings in Turkey and Belgium.
“Recall also that at a recent APC NEC meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing of 4 or 5 persons during the re-run elections in Rivers state. Nigeria cannot afford to relapse into another round of organised militia violence after successfully containing the Boko Haram siege”.