President Buhari should accept responsibility of herdsmen killings, not the media- HURIWA

A prominent pro-democracy and non-governmental organization –
HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA)
has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to blame himself and
not the Nigerian media over the escalating terrorism of armed
Fulani herdsmen against mostly northern Christian farmers.
HURIWA said the prevarication and the policy ambivalence of
President Muhammadu Buhari over the deadly attacks of armed
Fulani terrorism against famers should be blamed for the spike in
the violence and the bloodcuddling nature of the coordinated
attacks and not the professional job of reporting the killings by the
media is the caise of the crises. The Rights group asked President
Muhammadu Buhari to appreciate the enormity of the violence and
view the killings as senseless acts of terrorism and not mere
farmers versus herders conflicts as his administration has
continuously dished out false propaganda about the incidents that
have resulted in over 6000 deaths. The Rights group reminded
President Muhammadu Buhari that armed Fulani herdsmen have
alsongunned down over 50 armed security forces which should
have informed his administration of the urgency of the now to take
decisive steps to curb the menace.

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In a statement made against the back drop of the latest twist
introduced in the debacle of armed Fulani terrorism by the Nigerian
president whilst visiting china in which he blamed the media for
misrepresentation of facts regarding the armed Fulani attacks, the
Rights group stated that the current government has continued to
treat the grave national security threat posed by armed Fulani
terrorism as if it is a mere family misunderstanding.
HURIWA blamed president Buhari for elevating his ethno-religious
interest above national interest by his government’s persistent
failure to declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association as a
terrorist organization that it is for backing the armed Fulani killings
targeting most of northern Christians. “A government that hurriedly
branded a totally unarmed members of Indigenous peoples of
Biafra (IPOB) as a terror group has so far refused to brand the
killers of over 6000 Nigeroans and over 50 armed security
operatives as a yerrorist group and now the President is crying foul
against the media when he should situate the blame properly within
his office for failing to act in line with the tenets of rule of law”.
“We find it unbelievably shocking that President Buhari who is a
Fulani and a Moslem has decidedly appointed an all Fulani/Hausa
Moslem dominated national security team and has failed to
declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists but has continued to
provide incoherent defence for the mindless acts of violence, by
the herdsmen.”
“May we once more asked president Muhammadu Buhari to read
the text of his constitutional oath of office to realize that his soft
handling of the serious threats posed by activities of armed Fulani
herdsmen constitute a breach of the law which is tantamount to
impeachable offences.”
HURIWA said it was incredible that president Buhari has continued
to misrepresent the armed Fulani terrorism as a mere inter-ethnic
conflict between herdsmen and farmers when in actual fact the
armed Fulani herdsmen are rated as the third most deadly world
terror group.
“May we inform Mr. president that he is the person to blame for
the misrepresentation concerning the terrorism of armed Fulani
killer gangs because his administration has handled this serious
national security threat like a family affairs by not taking
appropriate legal steps to crush the armed Fulani herdsmen and by
failing to make the appropriate declaration of Miyetti Allah Cattle
owners forum as a terrorist group.”
“There are two steps to stop the killings which are still going on in
North Central states. The president must declare armed Fulani
herdsmen as a terror organization and order the military and law
enforcement agencies to decisively deal with them in line with the
law and secondly, all the killer armed Fulani herdsmen must be
prosecuted and punished.”
“The national security team made up of persons from one section
of the country whereby the suspected Fulani killers hail from have
compromised by not arresting the killers and stop the proliferation
of weapons. The media has played excellent role in line with
section 22 of the constitutions”.
HURIWA recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari accused
media organizations of bias in reporting conflicts in the country.
He made the accusation during an interactive meeting with the
Nigerian community in China.
HURIWA recalled that Buhari said while security agencies were
doing their best to curtail clashes, the Nigerian media should
complement the efforts through objective and informed re-portage.
HURIWA quoted President Buhari as stating as follows: “To my
disappointment, the members of the press in Nigeria do not make
enough efforts to study the historical antecedents of issues that
are creating national problems for us,” the president said.
HURIWA however exonerated the Nigerian media of any blame
because they have continued to display maturity and responsible
journalism by reporting accurately the sad phenomenon of
uncontrolled and mindless killings by armed Fulani herdsmen who
enjoy federal government’s protection.

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2 Comments

  1. very true

  2. Yes supported

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