Igbo World Assembly (IWA) has condemned what it described as “nefarious activities of the Fulani herdsmen” in the South East and North Central States, as well as other states across the country.
Expressing concern on why the Fulani herdsmen should be allowed to carry concealed weapons to kill innocent citizens in their communal farmlands, the group in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman , Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze , and Oliver Nwankwor, Secretary General, noted that the corporate unity of Nigeria is being seriously challenged by the present administration’s inaction and nonchalant attitude to stop the menace of the herdsmen.
IWA posits: “This insensitive behavior and inaction of government gives credence to the agitation of Biafra and Oduduwa out of this present chaotic Nigeria. We are of the opinion that the impetus of the killings by the Fulani herdsmen may have been aided by those in the corridors of powers.
“Who actually owns the herds? Why are the herdsmen allowed to carry weapons? Why are the security forces in Nigeria not doing their job? Who are behind this systematic agenda?Who regulates the activities of the herdsmen and their herds?”, the group asked.
With this development, IWA in the statement has called on Southern Governors, Senators, members of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies to act and defend their citizens.
According to the group, “What we do not want is to reach a situation whereby citizens will arm themselves and protect their lives and properties”.
Accordingly, IWA noted that the first duty of the government is the protection of lives and property of its citizens, adding that it is illegal for citizens of Nigeria to possess and bear arms.
“Yet the marauding herds men are violating the second point above and the tiers of governments are not performing their duties per the first point leaving the impression that there might be a collusion between the herdsmen and the governments. To make matters worse the representatives of the people, such as the members of the Senate and the House also leave the impression that they are in on this conspiracy”, IWA added in the statement.
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