Last weekend brought us the sad bitter news of yet another round of serial mass killings by Islamic herdsmen in the Northern parts of Nigeria.
In what has now become routine killings by nomadic cattle and how rearers from the Fulani tribe, over 100 innocent citizens were slaughtered in cold blood.
And in another attack, mourners burying some of the victims of the assault in a couple of churches were attacked by herdsmen resulting in the killings of over 20 mourners.
FolLowing the bloodshed, curfew has now been imposed in three parts of Plateau state.
State police commissioner Undie Adie said a search of villages following the bloodshed revealed that 86 people had been killed, and six injured. He said 50 houses had been burned, as well as 15 motorbikes and two vehicles.
The Plateau state government said the curfew would be in place between 18:00 and 06:00 local time (17:00 to 05:00 GMT) in the Riyom, Barikin Ladi and Jos South areas “to avert a breakdown of law and order”
Lawless normadic herdsmen have been known to take their stock grazing on private fields and farms without permission thereby causing damage to crops worth millions.
This has led to repeated break out of clashes between the herdsmen often armed with serious weapons such as AK47 and Kalashnikovs, and farmers who are simply protecting their lands and crops.
This region, where the Muslim north meets the Christian south is prone to religious tension – herders are ethnic Fulani and mostly Muslim, while the farmers are mostly Christian.
But it’s not clear why this spike in violence is happening right now. Nigeria’s president has repeatedly blamed the escalation on an increase in gun-running from Libya.
Thousands were killed last year in these clashes and many more seem to be likely this year if the Buhari administration continues to refuse to call the lawless herdsmen to order.
Several calls on the government to act to end the endless bloodshed have been met with continuous silence and inaction. Many Nigerians are now of the firm belief that the President’s refusal to act is due to the fact that he and the herdsmen are from the same tribe and he will not be seen to act against his own tribesmen – thus giving the impression that he is either behind the actions of the herdsmen or protecting them.
Following the latest attacks, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association Of Nigeria (MACABAN) claimed responsibility for the massacre in retaliation for the killing of 300 of their members’ cows.
PMB’s biased handling or gross mishandling of the cowmen murders will be his great undoing all all he will be remembered for.
How he can continue look the other way while the so called herdsmen relentlessly act with impunity, carrying out what is now routine killing, beggars belief!!!
That Buhari’s administration has failed to act judiciously to stem the evil murders and bring the evil perpetrators to book makes him just as bad as Jonathan looking the other way while political thieves and rogues looted the nation’s treasury with impunity under his lazy watch.
POSTERITY WILL JUDGE THESE 2 LAWLESS LEADERS AND WILL NOT BE KIND TO THEM!
And I say this as a Buhari supporter.
Excerpts from BBC News, Vanguard Nigeria