President Muhammdu Buhari, has been urged to rise above ethnic and religious considerations in confronting massive killings across Nigeria by Boko Haram militants, Fulani Herdsmen and bandits.
Human Right, Liberty Access, and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), addressing newsmen in Enugu after its national executive meeting, where crucial issues affecting the country especially the increasing insecurity in the country were discussed, accused Buhari regime of treating the bloodletting in the country with kid gloves, giving impression that what some of his critics are saying that some elements in the Federal Government were behind these killer groups for political reasons was true.
Dede Uzor A. Uzor, the chairman BoT of HURIDE who addressed newsmen with members of his national executive wondered why the groups should be emboldened by the Federal Government by absorbing Boko Haram members into the military.
He said many Nigerians are murdered like chicken in their farms, homes, on the roads, without serious response from security operatives.
“Fulani Herdsmen are still allowed to carry AK-47 everywhere without molestation.
The continous killings of Nigerians in their communities, homes, farms, on the roads should be checkmated if Buhari is serious in fighting these rampant killings of Nigerians.
He should rise up above ethnic and religious interests” said the group.
Dede Uzor said they don’t want to believe that the renewed killings especially against Christians was because of 2023 general election as some have suggested, wondering why the blood of Nigerians should be spilled for some people’s political interest.
To show seriousness in fighting the killings, said Dede Uzor, the President should immediately proscribe Fulani Herdsmen or ban them from carrying sophisticated arms and ammunitions.
He said ” if they can swiftly ban harmless Indigenous People’s of Biafra (IPOB), why is it difficult for them to ban the groups that bear arms, that has been declared one of the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.
The President seems not to be sincere in fighting insecurity.”
He queried the unabated killings in Kaduna and in Christian dominated areas for that matter, continued killing in Jos and the alleged killing of 14 defenceless citizens in Ebonyi State few days ago , calling on the members of international Community such as the United States of America (USA), European Community, among others not only to condemn these dastardly killings but to put measure on the Federal Government that will stop the killngs such as punishing the pepetrators or with punitive measures like economic sanctions.
HURDE boss urged the President that another way to show his seriousness was to sack all Service Chiefs and replace them with fresh ones.
He said that apart from the fact that they had overstayed and therefore stunted the growth of their juniors, they have failed woefully to arrest the insecurity in the country, Dede Uzor fumed.