Nigerians are irked by President Muhammadu Buhari’s body language and silence in the incessant invasion and killings of his Fulani tribesmen. Fulani herdsmen have been labelled the fourth most deadly terror group in the world, but the Presidency is yet to tag these folks as such.
A demonstration that smacks of total disregard to human lives, the president issued a press statement to African leaders urging them to curb violence and ensure social justice. They say charity begins at home. How can a sitting president not address a section of his constituency or show some empathy? Instead, the president took to social media encouraging African leaders (not poor Nigerians).
Hear him yourself:
“President Buhari maintains that as leaders of sovereign nations, African Heads of Government must be allowed to discharge their responsibility for peace and security within their countries, without external interference. Governments should be responsible for the security of their countries. Burundi must therefore ensure social justice for all of its people so as not to disappoint Africa in the eyes of the world.”
As the time of filling this report, Fulani herdsmen have also invaded Delta State where they are holding farmers hostage. The chilling silence from the President is surprisingly annoying.
The National Assembly have at least condemned the killings. The House of Representatives have summoned the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, over deadly attacks by Fulani herdsmen in different parts of the country.
This is just as a motion on the massacre in Enugu again brought to the fore the opposition to the proposed Grazing Bill from the executive arm of government meant to provide hectares of land as grazing reserves for the nomads.
Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam, who represents Enugu North in the House of Representatives lamented the attack of his people. “These attacks are beginning to gain momentum and have the potential of escalating into an existential crises as farmers are compelled to resort to self-help in a bid to stay alive,” he said.
It is worthwhile that people close to Buhari should call him to order. Nigeria is fast disintegrating.