Stop Treating Killer Herdsmen With Kid Gloves, Bishop Tells Buhari
Worried over the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has condemned the way the President Muhammadu Buhari is handling the menace.
Rising from its 2018 synod at the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Amawbia, the Bishop of Awka Diocese, Dr. Alex Ibezim in his charge wondered why the Fulani herdsmen were being handled with kid glove.
In the Bishop’s charge with the theme, ‘Mission, the heart of God,” the church urged Buhari to stop treating the killers with levity.
The synod noted that a group that had killed thousands of Nigerians should not be treated as kinsmen.
The church regretted that the return of democracy in 1999 that ought to be a kind of political liberation had been allowed to divide Nigerians into religious and ethnic cleavage.
The church added that Nigeria, while still reeling from the Boko Haram insurgency and its numerous atrocities, had another terrorist group, which he referred to as Fulani herdsmen, spring up.
The church noted that between 2014 and 2018, herdsmen had killed over 1,229 people across the country with Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa, Plateau, Kaduna and Katsina as the worst hit states.
“Why is it difficult for the Federal Government to contain the terror of the Fulani militia? Who are those arming the Fulani herdsmen to unleash mayhem on innocent and defenceless Nigerians?”
The synod wondered what President Muhammadu Buhari's silence on the issue could mean, stressing that “Nigerians are tired of speeches and condolence messages to victims.''