President Muhammed Buhari has taken side with Herdsmen – South East Leaders - eritvnews

President Muhammed Buhari has taken side with Herdsmen – South East Leaders

An elder statesman, Dozie Ikedife has lashed out on President Muhammadu Buhari for taking sides with the dreaded Fulani Herdsmen.
Speaking on behalf of some South East leaders he condemned the Federal Government’s handling of killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen. He minced no word in concluding that government has taken sides with the marauding killers.

He stated that it was preposterous that a government that unleashed terror on the South East not long ago in the guise of Operation Python Dance over agitations by unarmed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and also went ahead to tag the group “terrorists” has suddenly lost its voice as armed Fulani herdsmen embark on a killing spree and sacking of communities.

According to him, “The way that the Federal Government is handling this matter falls short of expectation. It looks like the beginning of something that has been planned for a long time. Government seems silence could be suspicious. The way something like this has happened and nobody is taking responsibility leaves one wondering whether we have a government.

These herdsmen use guns to sack villages and destroy farmlands. They sack towns and are killing people on a daily basis, yet the government has not called them terrorists. But they were in a hurry to call the IPOB a terrorist group even when they have no weapons and have not killed anybody before. On top of that, we have a bill on grazing reserves and cattle colony. Where on earth do we have that kind of thing in the 21st century? Cattle rearing should not be in the wilderness.,”

He continued: “What is happening is fanning the embers of disunity and threatening the well-being of the country and the government is keeping quiet and seems unconcerned. It does not show that government is being responsible and sensitive enough; it falls short of expectations. The president says it takes time for him to make up his mind on something, but he cannot be silent when the house is on fire. You cannot be playing hide and seek when there are things destabilising the country.”

 “When the IPOB without arms was canvassing a referendum, the Federal Government sent soldiers to march throughout the streets of Abia State, massacred IPOB members and silenced their voices, but even with the scale of human loss in Benue, the government says it is a communal clash. On the one hand, those who bear no arms are branded terrorists, on the other hand, those who kill with AK47 are protected.


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