The actions of Fulani herdsmen have been described as more devastating than those of Boko Haram following the continued killing of Nigerians in cities and villages. This was said by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), after a meeting by the southeast zone of the group in Enugu, on Sunday, March 6.
According to the Christian body, it was high time the government took decisive action towards curbing the menace of the Fulani herdsmen, Today.ng reports. Referring to the recent killing of hundreds of villagers in Agatu, Benue state, the South East CAN said it was surprised that the herdsmen were murderously attacking communities with AK47 rifles while security agencies looked the other way.
Most Rev. Prof. David Eberechukwu, the president of CAN in the zone and Dr. Ajujungwa Josephthe, the national chairman of the Christian Enlightenment and Welfare Organization (CEWO) in a statement said: “Where do herdsmen get AK47 guns they carry and does it mean that both the police and the Army are not seeing them?”
“It has been a great burden on the church in the East with regards to the attack by Fulani herdsmen on every part of the six geo-political zones in the country, with much emphasis on the southern Nigeria and the North central zones.
“The attacks of the Fulani herdsmen on the innocent citizens of this country have become a nightmare on their host communities. The incessant rapes and murder of peace loving Nigerians is highly condemnable. “We condemn the idea of grazing fields and ask the sponsors of such bill to desist from it. This is clearly importation of terrorists into the nation and peace will elude the entire country.”
“We urge the National Assembly never to pass such bill as we call on the federal government to come to the aid of the terrorized communities, where the herdsmen have created more problems than the Boko Haram.
“We advocate the building of ranches, which will in turn provide schools, hospitals and employment to the teeming unemployed youths. This is what is obtainable in developed countries. “We also call on the State Governors to protect the communities under such threat and also strengthen community policing through the traditional rulers.”