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Buhari watch­es as herds­men exchange 86 human lives for 300 cows

The bizarre of herds­men killings in Plateau State and oth­er parts of Nige­ria has been rais­ing per­turb­ing con­cerns across the coun­try as the Miyet­ti Allah Cat­tle Breed­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MACBAN) con­tin­ues to jus­ti­fy ter­mi­na­tion of human lives in exchange of lost herds, while Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari watch­es the blood­shed of the mer­chants of vio­lence, mere­ly rel­ish­ing con­so­la­to­ry media state­ments. Major­i­ty Nige­ri­ans are increas­ing­ly becom­ing uncom­fort­able over the intractable wan­ton killings and destruc­tion of prop­er­ty and farm­lands by Fulani herds­men which has been threat­en­ing food secu­ri­ty and nation­al inte­gra­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly, since the Pres­i­dent and oth­er secu­ri­ty chiefs con­tin­ue to reel out excus­es in defense of the herds­men killings.

In a state­ment linked to Dan­la­di Ciro­ma, Chair­man, North Cen­tral zone of the Miyet­ti Allah Cat­tle Breed­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MACBAN) on Mon­day, assessed by Nation­al Dai­ly, the cat­tle breed­ers asso­ci­a­tion leader had com­plained that herds­men in the state had lost about 300 cows in the weeks lead­ing to the attack, indi­cat­ing that the killings had the coloura­tion of vengeance for the lost cows.

Ciro­ma had in the state­ment declared: “These attacks are retal­ia­to­ry. As much as I don’t sup­port the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who car­ried out the attacks must be on revenge mis­sion.

There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruc­tion of farms between Berom farm­ers and Fulani herds­men. The peo­ple car­ry­ing out these crim­i­nal activ­i­ties are well known to the com­mu­ni­ties but the com­mu­ni­ties are hid­ing them.

Fulani herds­men have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rus­tled by armed Berom youths in Fan vil­lage, anoth­er 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addi­tion to that, 174 cat­tle were rus­tled and the crim­i­nals dis­ap­peared with them to Man­gu.

Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas. Even sol­diers that went after the crim­i­nals to recov­er the rus­tled cows were shot by the armed rustlers and even­tu­al­ly escaped with all the cows.

The Gov­ern­ment of Gov­er­nor Lalong has done a lot to restore peace, but the crim­i­nal ele­ments hid­ing among their peo­ple are the ones frus­trat­ing these peace efforts.

Crim­i­nals thrive a lot in Berom com­mu­ni­ties, but when the Fulani, who are always vic­tims of their crime, react with attacks, they blame the gov­ern­ment.”

Many stake­hold­ers in Nige­ria are of the view that such a state­ment pro­vides suf­fi­cient guide to trac­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of the das­tard killings, yet, the Pres­i­dent has not con­sid­ered the imper­a­tive for firm actions, except call­ing for restraints and promis­es that the per­pe­tra­tors will not go unpun­ished.

It was gath­ered that sus­pect­ed herds­men attacked Riy­om, Barakin Ladi and Jos South Local Gov­ern­ment Areas of Plateau state on Sat­ur­day night and killed over 100 per­sons.

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