……Calls for Sack of Service Chiefs
By Taiwo Olajide(Jos)
Media and Human Rights Advocacy group, Global Center for Media and Human Empowerment,[GCMHE] has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to categorize marauding armed Fulani herdsmen and bandits as terrorists.
The GCMHE expressed confidence that such categorisation would reduce, if not bring to an end, the incessant terror attacks on farming communities by these marauders.
GCMHE said this in a statement it issued in Jos. The statement which was jointly signed by the Acting Director-General, Ejoh Charles, and the Head Media,Mrs Gloria Uwadirioha, read, “The first reasonable step was for the President to direct his Attorney General And Minister Of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to file an application before the Federal High Court Abuja Division to procure the legal banning of armed herdsmen, bandits and their activities and to declare them as terrorists so as to put an end to the persistent massacre of unarmed farmers and innocent members of the community in many parts of the country.
It urged the president to expedite action on this move like he did when it prescribed the unarmed indigenous people of Biafra [IPOB] with a twinkle of an eye.
The human rights advocacy group accused the president of being lukewarm in keeping the service chiefs for so long despite persistent cries by Nigerians amidst the retirement age of most of the security chiefs.
GCMHE described this development as worrisome, and a troubling security challenge threatening national unity and endangering national security.
It observed that different International Organizations had already branded armed Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners from Niger, Mali, Chad, as one of the most deadly terrorist organizations in the world.
The GCMHE wondered why president Muhammadu Buhari still didn’t feel these armed Fulani herdsmen and bandits were as wicked, barbaric and deadly as terrorists.