Posted by News Express | 4 November 2019 | 690 times
A civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has challenged the over 250 ethnic groups in the country to deploy lawful methods to defend their rights to life by collectively confronting the terrorism unleashed on the Nigerian space by armed Fulani herdsmen and Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association which provides moral boost to these terrorists.
HURIWA has also resolved to once more petition world leaders and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands to demand that the various petitions filed against the mass killings in Nigeria by armed Fulani herdsmen and backed by Miyetti Allah be investigated and the perpetrators of all the bloody violence which have so far killed over 6,000 innocent Nigerians be arrested and prosecuted by the Court for crimes against humanity.
The rights group however expressed disappointment that the Nigerian-born President of ICC, Chile Eboe-Osuji, cannot be trusted to give any kind of justice to the victims of the series of attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen because he constantly visits President Muhammadu Buhari who does not think that there is the need to prosecute the mass murderers and who have political, tribal and religious affiliations with President Buhari who doubles as the National Grand Patron of the controversial group.
“We will simply do the reminder letter to the ICC to call their attention to all the pending petitions against armed Fulani herdsmen of Nigeria who have killed thousands of farmers and other Nigerians and have in some cases occupied their ancestral lands to carry out the business of rearing their cows,” HURIWA stated.
The rights group said it was responding to the recent threats made by the Miyetti Allah against states that have refused to set up either the RUGA Fulani settlements or cow colonies in their states just as it (HURIWA) observed that the continuous refusal of President Buhari to declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association as a terrorists group which has emboldened them to commit further atrocities will inevitably lead Nigeria to a state of anarchy and chaos sooner than the government expects because the continuous reign of impunity cannot go on for far too long before those who have been pushed to the walls react violently.
HURIWA recalled that Fulani herdsmen, under the auspices of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Organization, reportedly issued a strong warning to state governors just as the National President of the Organization, Abdullahi Bodejo, was quoted in the media as saying that governors who want to enjoy peace in their states must create a particular area for the Fulani and equip them with modern amenities.
The rights group warned the group to desist from constituting a national nuisance because it is not the only group of trade unions operating in Nigerians just as it reminded the President Buhari-led administration that his selective approach to counter terrorism which avoids any sort of decisively dealing with Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association of Nigeria even amidst their open threats to the peace, security and well being of other Nigerians will inevitably destroy democracy unless something is done very urgently to halt the continuous reign of impunity unleashed by armed Fulani herdsmen.
HURIWA wonders why the leadership of this cattle Fulanis will continue to threaten national security and going about bragging to bring down state governments that refused to do their bidding as if Nigeria belongs to one ethnic group of the Fulani just as the rights group reminded the Miyetti Allah that cattle rearing is a private business, and is illogical to try to force states to create settlements for Fulani because as its wrongly posited that about 99per cent of the cows we are eating in this country are from Fulani.
HURIWA stated that now is the time to call the bluff of Miyetti Allah if government still doesn't wish to call them to order and this must be done by all other ethnic groups in Nigeria by protecting their ancestral lands and ensuring that armed Fulani herdsmen do not have their ways by displacing other Nigerians of their God given landed assets. HURIWA, in the statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, canvassed immediate and total boycott of cow meat by other Nigerians if that can stop the spread of the vicious attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen and the continuous arrogant threats by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association.
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