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Benue massacre: Arewa youths blow hot, slam Buhari

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 10:31:00 PM

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum​ (​AYCF) has expressed anger at
 President Muhammadu Buhari​'s treatment of killer herdsmen.


The group said it was disturbed that Buhari has yet to declare the perpetrators terrorist​s.

​AYCF's position is contained in a statement by ​
Comrade Mohammed Kudu Abubakar, Deputy National President​.

Abubakar ​lamented that
president has kept silent for long despite calls ​on him to
 take proactive actions in curbing the excesses of Fulani herdsmen.

​He reiterated that the
 herdsmen should be ​regarded as
 terrorist​s​
 ​and
 dealt with in line with the law​.​


“A criminal is a criminal; they are terrorists and have to be dealt with regarding whether they are from any tribe.

​"​
The president should follow the constitution and deal with them accordingly. The killing is very criminal and the herdsmen should not go unpunished​".

Abubakar also demanded that a committee is set up to investigate how herdsmen evolved from nomads into gun-wielding cattle rearers.

"The federal government has to make a panel to investigate who these herdsmen are and why they behave the way they do.

​"​
We need to ask where they get the guns they used in the killing and where they learned how to shoot guns”​.​


​On​
 the Anti-Open Grazing Bill​ (effective in Benue and Ekiti states) ​
which Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association ​of Nigerian (MACBAN)
 opposed, Abubakar ​agreed that
each state has the right to pass a law that will ​protect it.

“If Benue State comes out with the law through its National Assembly and bars movement of Fulani herdsmen, they have the right to do so. It is their state, that is how they want to stay and there is nothing wrong in that.

​"​
They (herdsmen) should move away from the state rather than forcing themselves and be causing trouble because a lot of lives are going down,” he ​added.

Meanwhile, Senator Joseph Waku, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure, has pointed out those he believes were behind the killings nationwide.

 

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