HURIWA Berates Buhari Over Killings By Fulani Herdsmen | The Precision


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria
(HURIWA) has blamed the activities of armed freelance killers and killer
herdsmen to President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to declare the
perpetrators as terrorists.

HURIWA noted that herdsmen are having field days across the country
killing, maiming and destroying precious lives and property of citizens
without the relevant armed security forces and the different levels of
governments adopting fool-proof measures to bring these orgies of blood
cuddling attacks to an end.
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel
Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf,
HURIWA also condemned what it described as strange killings in Rivers
State. It expressed the view that the circumstances of the killings “can
at best be described as shrouded in high wire plots from external
forces to instigate a state of unrests in order to justify the calls by
some agents of darkness for emergency declaration to crumble the state.”
The group expressed shock that at all levels of government, public
office holders care less about the rampaging attacks and senseless
killings of ordinary citizens by armed Fulani herdsmen and armed
freelance killers probably because the Nigerian state spends a fortune
at public expense to provide all round security to the political class.
The group said the current electioneering year may be bloody unless the
federal and state governments adopt proactive approach to crime
prevention and control.
HURIWA called on Buhari and the governors of the major flashpoints of
these incessant attacks such as Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Kwara
and Kogi states to brace up for the challenge of carrying out their
primary constitutional duties of protecting lives and property of
Nigerians and to provide succour to the victims and their families while
ensuring that armed mass murderers of all backgrounds are brought to
effective justice.
The rights group said “the refusal and/or failure of President
Muhammadu Buhari to outrightly proclaim armed Fulani herdsmen as
terrorists is a violation of his constitutional oath of office not to
allow his personal interest to interfere with the discharge of his
constitutional obligations to Nigerians of all affiliations.”

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It also pointed out that “the overwhelming public perception is that
the rampaging armed Fulani herdsmen are allowed by the relevant armed
security forces and even allegedly aided to carry out these carefully
choreographed and coordinated pogroms of mostly Christian dominated
communities in all parts of Nigeria in the guise of fighting for grazing
rights only because he is not just a Fulani by ethnicity but is said to
be the National Patron of the Association of Fulani Herdsmen.”
Furthermore, HURIWA condemned what it described as “clear display of
partisanship by operatives of the much criticised Special Anti-Robbery
Squad in Rivers State,” asking the National Assembly to investigate all
the violence and mass murders that have occurred all across Nigeria
carried out by the Nigerian Police Force and SARS to be specific
including the recent killings of some youngsters in Cross Rivers State
who allegedly had minor disagreement with the Cross Rivers Commissioner
for Agriculture.
HURIWA said it  supports the call for a judicial commission headed by
a reputable serving Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to
investigate the widespread misconducts of Special Anti-Robbery Squad of
the Nigerian Police Force and the multiple cases of extralegal
executions of suspects by the SARS.
HURIWA specifically condemned the gruesome killings that took place
in the Christian dominated communities in Southern Kaduna State
allegedly perpetrated by armed killer herdsmen during the Christmas
celebrations resulting in dozens of casualties as well as the January
1st premeditated murder of the traditional ruler, the Etum Numana, Mr.
Gambo Makama, and his wife who were shot dead, with his palace and car
set ablaze.
The rights group condemned the lack of intelligence driven operation
by the armed security forces including the Nigerian Army that recently
set up a station in Southern Kaduna State and specifically in Kafanchan.

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