A former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to protect the lives and property of Nigerians by urgently putting an end to the mass killings in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State and bring the culprits to justice.
Armed Fulani herdsmen were accused of massacring hundreds of people including pregnant women and children in Agatu communities, in retaliation for the alleged killing of 10,000 herds of cattle by the people of the communities.
The president has since ordered the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other security agencies to bring the situation under control while a permanent solution to the frequent herdsmen/farmers clash is being looked into.
But Mr. Fani-Kayode in a statement yesterday, said the “bloodletting by the Fulani herdsmen” is a curse on the nation, adding that the more such act is tolerated by the government, the more the destruction and mass murder of innocent Nigerians in the area.
The former minister continued: “Injustice and wickedness to others, particularly to the weak, innocent, vulnerable and defenceless in our society attracts God’s wrath. President Buhari needs to put a stop to the carnage being unleashed on the Nigerian people.
“I am calling him out and I am speaking for those that do not have a voice and the victims of these barbaric acts. Buhari must protect the Nigerian people. He must call the perpetrators of these diabolical acts to order and he must punish them.
“Are the 500 Idomas that were killed in Agatu not human beings? Thousands of people have been displaced and many families have lost their homes and loved ones at the hands of these Fulani herdsmen who come from another world yet no-one appears to care”, he said.