The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of over 400 civic organizations has described the silence state of President Muhammed Buhari on the unchecked violence unleashed by herdsmen that have been launching deadly attacks on several communities.
This was contained in a release that was sign by Comrade Ibrahim Zikirullahi, the President of the group that the unending assault on lives and property across communities in several States, carries grave implications for national security and unity.
“From the sorrows, tears and blood left in the wake of the destructive activities of these herdsmen, it is clear that the entity called Nigeria is under invasion from elements hiding under the guise of cattle herding. In former days of innocence, Nigerians knew herdsmen to be friendly and orderly people who merely found pasture for their
cattle and moved on. They interacted with their host communities in mutually beneficial terms”, he said.
He mentioned further that the cause of concern that herdsmen are now armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, including guns with which they snuff life out of innocent citizens.
“The herdsmen have either become outlaws or law unto themselves. They wantonly pillage farmlands belonging to people in their host communities; engage in rape, kidnapping, robbery, assassination and carry out organized attacks that have seriously undermined the perception of government’s ability to protect lives and property.
“From the mind boggling attacks in Agatu, Benue State, which left so many citizens dead, to the daily unreported killings in places like Edo, Delta, Ondo, and other States in the South South and South East, the herdsmen are daily murdering sleep, and leaving behind tales of woes. The most recent attack in a community in Enugu, which led to the
loss of no less than 48 lives, is most barbaric.”
The group urged the government to take urgent and decisive steps to halt the tide of mindless killings. “The Federal Government cannot afford to be mute in the face of this unending wave of dastardly attempts at undermining national security. There has to be a clear roadmap to ending this national security problem. Nigerians who have
been on the receiving end of this unending wave of herdsmen terror, and those currently living with their heart in their mouths, not knowing when the brigands would come for them, must not be given the impression that the government is incapable of defending them”, he urged.
Zikirullahi said that the Nigeria Police Force, under the leadership of Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has shown a clear lack of capacity to grapple with the challenge on the issue.
According to him, “On its part too, the Department of State Services has not demonstrated sufficient resolve to thwart the machinations of the herdsmen killing machine, which is obviously set to overtake the Boko Haram problem as Nigeria’s biggest national security headache. In the face of the lethargy on the part of the security agencies, it is
therefore of utmost importance that the Federal Government gives immediate marching orders for clinical measures to be taken to stem the tide. For us, there is a need to set up an inter-agency led Serious Crimes Squad to take on the herdsmen and the menace posed by