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Plateau: Niger Delta mil­i­tants blow hot, reveal what’ll hap­pen in 21 days

A coali­tion of Niger Delta mil­i­tants, yes­ter­day, gave the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment a 21-day notice to end killings in the coun­try.

The group lament­ed the recent killing by herds­men in Plateau State.

The mil­i­tants, who met at Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State dur­ing the week­end, also tasked the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment on pro­tec­tion of lives and prop­er­ty of Nige­ri­ans.

The mil­i­tants warned the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment that there’ll be doom if it failed to fore­stall anar­chy and fur­ther blood­shed.

They declared a 21-day mourn­ing peri­od for those mas­sa­cred recent­ly in Plateau State by ram­pag­ing herds­men, and threat­ened to declare herds­men and Miyet­ti Allah Cat­tle Breed­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion ene­mies.

A state­ment by leader of the coali­tion, W.O I Izonebi, read, “As agi­ta­tors with con­science, we take lives of fel­low Nige­ri­ans sacro­sanct as no amount of provo­ca­tion will lead to the slaugh­ter­ing of inno­cent Nige­ri­ans because of cows.

We, there­fore, declare 21 days of mourn­ing for the inno­cent Nige­ri­ans killed in Plateau State by for­eign­ers trained by late Gaddafi that are now mas­querad­ing as herds­men, accord­ing to our Pres­i­dent, Muham­madu Buhari.

We urge the gov­ern­ment to do the need­ful before the expi­ra­tion of our 21 days of mourn­ing to avoid a total break­down of law and order because it seems we do not have law, and gov­ern­ment is unable to imple­ment its pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty of pro­tect­ing lives and prop­er­ties of its cit­i­zens.

We demand imple­men­ta­tion of the fol­low­ing to avoid doom and more loss of lives: The imme­di­ate devo­lu­tion of pow­er to states and regions to enable gov­er­nors dis­charge their pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty of pro­tect­ing lives and prop­er­ties and dec­la­ra­tion and pro­scrip­tion of the Gaddafi mer­ce­nar­ies mas­querad­ing as herds­men as a ter­ror­ist organ­i­sa­tion.

The gov­ern­ment and secu­ri­ty agen­cies sad­dled with the respon­si­bil­i­ty of pro­tect­ing Nige­ria and its ter­ri­to­r­i­al integri­ty should appre­hend the per­pe­tra­tors of this heinous crime against inno­cent Nige­ri­ans and human­i­ty; total over­haul of the secu­ri­ty organ­i­sa­tion and secu­ri­ty chiefs, imme­di­ate arrest of the Miyeti Allah Cat­tle Breed­ers Asso­ci­a­tion lead­ers and its dis­band­ment with imme­di­ate effect.

We also con­demn the inabil­i­ty of the gov­ern­ment and secu­ritya­gen­cies to pro­tect its cit­i­zens from for­eign­ers mas­querad­ing ash­erds­men com­mit­ting geno­cide in the Mid­dle Belt of our dear nation, Nige­ria.

We are not going to fold our arms to see for­eign­ers mas­querad­ing as herds­men slaugh­ter and kill hard­work­ing Nige­ri­ans that are going about their legit­i­mate busi­ness­es and liveli­hood any­more, when we have a demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed gov­ern­ment in place.

We are bold to ask these ques­tions? What is the pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty of gov­ern­ment? Why is nobody being arrest­ed and pros­e­cut­ed for these killings? As agi­ta­tors with con­science, we take lives of fol­low Nige­ri­ans sacro­sanct as no amount of provo­ca­tion will lead to the slaugh­ter­ing of inno­cent Nige­ri­ans because of cows.

We, there­fore, warn that after this 21 days of mourn­ing is over and noth­ing is done, we, the good peo­ple of the Niger Delta, and coali­tion of agi­ta­tors will have no choice than to declare herds­men and Miyeti Allah Cat­tle Breed­ers Asso­ci­a­tion ene­mies of the Niger Delta and Nige­ri­ans in gen­er­al.

There­fore, we do not wish to see them in any of the Niger Delta states because the pol­lu­tion and degra­da­tion of our farm­lands and the pol­lut­ed waters and rivers are enough provo­ca­tion, let alone see­ing our moth­ers and sis­ters in a life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion and being killed by cat­tle breed­ers, while the Miyeti Allah is applaud­ing them because they val­ue the lives of cows more than human lives.

Enough of this car­nage going on, we should use this 21 days of mourn­ing to reflect and ask the ques­tion, if we are tru­ly a nation where the life of a cow is more valu­able than human life.”

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