Before Herdsmen Will Metamorphose
Nigeria News takes a look at the herdsmen activities and the need to stop it now.
The election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and his earlier steps in addressing the activities of Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria was a masterstroke.
The president brought into play professionalism as he dealt a big blow to the terrorists, pushing them out of their hidden place in Sambisa forest.
Buhari received accolades and became a toast of the world to address a global audience on how to stop terrorism. In his first year as Nigerian president, leaders across nations wanted to assist him in fighting terrorism.
United Kingdom, France, United States, Germany and many other first world countries stood up to fight Boko Haram, just because the Federal Government-led by Buhari had shown seriousness about fighting the insurgency.
Recalled that the United States Government refused to sell ammunition to Nigeria because former President Goodluck Jonathan had a bad record on human rights abuse.
Former US President Barak Obama would not support Jonathan. However, Buhari has enjoyed more under the present US administration of President Donald Trump. The America government has sold fighter jets to Nigeria to combat the Boko Haram and other security challenges.
Despite allegations by Amnesty International that the Buhari’s government is pervaded by human right abuse, the government has continued to enjoy the sympathy of world powers.
But this assistance will cease to continue, judging by the rate at which killer herdsmen now attack innocent people in some parts of Nigeria.
The human rights violation by this administration began with the killings of hundreds of members of an Islamic Movement, the Shiite group in Nigeria by a troop of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State about two years ago.
The leader of the group Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is facing prosecution and still being detained by the Department of State Service alongside his wife despite the court order that he should be released on bail.
The secret behind his prosecution, according to findings goes beyond the Zaria mayhem but because he is a Shiite while President Muhammadu Buhari is Sunnis.
Let us agree that the Shiite took the law into their hands by blocking the passage of the Chief of Army Staff, Turkur Buratai during his visit to Zaria, must this lead to the massacre of hundreds of the Shiite members? No of course.
The most brutal killings are being committed by the Fulani herdsmen who happen to be Buhari’s clan and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that is more or less the president’s socio-cultural group.
The herders look like a new terror group. They have killed more than Boko Haram in the last few months and if care is not taken, the death toll may grow more than what Boko Haram had done in the recent time.
If it did not take Buhari eternity to stop the activities of Boko Haram in the northeast, why is it taking him a long time to nip in the bud the herdsmen killings? The president said that the killings by the herdsmen are politically motivated. This statement is similar to that of Jonathan when Boko Haram was germinating some years ago.
Before the herdsmen grow tougher and bigger, there is a need for the government to nip it in the bud as the country prepares for another general election.