Thursday, 28 April 2016

Terrorist now parading as Fulani herdsmen- Ijaw Youths

Following current attack in the south east region, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has said that Fulani herdsmen are not responsible for the attacks but terrorists.

The Fulani herdsmen have been fingered as perpetrators of several attacks on agrarian communities with the most recent being the attack in Ukpabi Nimbo community in Enugu state that left some people dead and more injured.

Vanguard reports that Eric Omare who is the spokesperson of IYC said the attack was carried out by terrorists under the guise of herdsmen as the traditional herdsmen have been grazing for years without any situation. 

The group called on youths in the region to be vigilante and set up structures to repel further attacks.

“We are of the view that the attacks are being carried out by terrorists who are disguising themselves as Fulani herdsmen. The traditional Fulani herdsmen have been grazing their cattle for decades in different parts of the country without such attacks until recently when the attacks became persistent with the emergence of Muhamadu Buhari as President of Nigeria. 

“We also frown at the silence by the Federal Government. We are surprised that President Buhari has vowed to deal with suspected vandals of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region like Boko Haram but has remained mute in the midst of consistent massacre of Nigerians by Fulani terrorist.

“We believe that the attacks by the so called Fulani herdsmen are deliberate terrorist acts with religious agenda to wipe out some communities in the middle belt and southern part of the country. We, therefore, call on communities in the Niger Delta region, especially the Ijaw communities to be vigilant and watch out for these terrorists who are disguising as Fulani herdsmen. 

“We also call on community and youth leaders in different Niger Delta communities to set up structures to prevent such attacks and also speedily bring such activities to the knowledge of security agencies.

“IYC clan and community structures all over Ijaw communities in Nigeria have been directed to set up special task forces to monitor and report the activities of these murderers masquerading as Fulani herdsmen.” 

President Buhari finally broke his silence on the recent attacks and ordered service chiefs to fish out the perpetrators. 

“I have directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector-General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen, and to go after all the groups terrorizing innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue.

Source- Vanguard

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