Five governors from the south-east are totally enraged and have stormed Abuja after the recent slaughter of innocent Enugu farmers by armed Fulani herdsmen.
Governors of the five South East states of Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra are unhappy with the spate of killings in the zone by Fulani herdsmen. They are demanding a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari over the issue, NewTelegraph reports.
It was gathered that the governors have flown to Abuja to seek an audience with the president.
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has described the killing as a national embarrassment. Although there have been isolated cases of killings and brushes with farmers in the zone, the killing of over 30 people in Ukpabi-Nimbo community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, on Monday, has rankled the governors. It was gathered that the governors are in Abuja to lodge their displeasure and complaint to the Federal Government.
It was also gathered that they want to make definite demands on the presidency concerning the unchallenged impunities of Fulani herdsmen in the region. While Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) left for Abuja yesterday morning, David Umahi, the Ebonyi State governor was said to have left Tuesday evening for Abuja.
It is not very clear the disposition of Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra State on the issue. “The governors are evidently pained by the wanton killing campaigns of the Fulani nomads and are sufficiently embarrassed and insulted by the fact that in the face of such killings, the system renders them helpless and unable to protect their citizens”, said an official of the Imo State government.
It was also gathered that the governors would lobby the state Houses of Assembly to pass Bills outlawing grazing on farmlands and formation of a regional taskforce against unlawful grazing.
The killings of over 40 Enugu farmers has resulted in a protests and condemnations. The protesters marched from New Market through Okpara Avenue, Holy Ghost Park, Edinburgh Street, the State House of Assembly, ending at the Government House, Enugu.
Some of the placards read: “Stop the killings. No more human blood for cows”, “Ndigbo are part of humanity, stop the herdsmen massacre at Uzo-Uwani”, “stop killing Ndigbo, Fulani must go, Gburugburu, wake up from your sleep”, “Stop the killing, Buhari sit up, Fulani must go, Ugwuanyi speak up” and “Operation stay alive, leave Igbo alone”.
Spokesman of the group, Dr. McGinger Ibeneme, decried the incessant destruction of farmlands; killings, rape and kidnapping of people of the South East geopolitical zone by suspected Fulani herdsmen. “The crux of the matter is that every day, people go to their sleep and Fulani cattle herdsmen will come and slaughter them. Just few days ago, over 200 people were massacred in their village in Uzo-Uwani. There has never been any arrest; if anything, the Awgu indigenes were arrested for chasing away the invaders. They had to bail themselves. Their women were raped, their men abducted.
“We have heard about a Catholic priest being abducted; we have heard about churches being burnt; we have heard about women being raped. Every single day, day-by-day, lives are lost. The Federal Government has refused to say anything; the presidency has been quiet over the Fulani invaders.”
Are the lives of their cows worth more than our lives? Why are they killing us? Is it a crime to be a Nigerian? We just want answers. When will the killings stop? Why hasn’t the president sent the army? Why hasn’t the president deployed the intelligence?
Meanwhile, the South East Senate Caucus yesterday warned of imminent dangers including possible threats to the unity of Nigeria if the Federal Government failed to urgently address root causes of the incessant massacre of innocent Nigerians by the armed Fulani herdsmen.