Incessant Fulani Herdsmen Killings: What Buhari’s Deafening Silence Means?

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It is appalling that the government and the world remain silent as the incessant killings of innocent lives in the hands of Fulani Herdsmen continues. The latest of this murderous trend is the killings of more than 60 people in the hands of these so-called herdsmen in Benue and Zamfara State. The killing spree by this Fulani herdsmen has become the “new-norm” since the takeover of this current administration. If the Nigerian society was a normal clime or a nation where life is really important, the people would have been out on the streets everyday demonstrating and asking why the current government is silent on these recurring, what many have called, ethnic cleansing by the terrorist herdsmen. However, it does not seem to matter as everyone is going about their life as if nothing has happened and deaths are continuing to occur. When will the slaughtering of innocent lives end? If today it was Benue, tomorrow and next, where will it be and how many lives will be lost? When are Nigerians going to ask: Do Nigerian lives matter? Are we going to value lives and say no to the killing spree that have been occurring with impunity?  

 Fulani herdsmen killing spree is unique to this administration and that Nigerians never witnessed the level of wholesome, large swaths of killings like we see today.

These killings are unprecedented and the response by the current APC government is also unprecedented. Many who prefer to be ethnic, partisan and blinded to evil may start asking, “What did past governments do, especially the last PDP government?” Any rational analysis should consider that the Fulani herdsmen killing spree is unique to this administration and that Nigerians never witnessed the level of wholesome, large swaths of killings like we see today. Moreover, the deafening silence by this administration in response to this evil act is appalling and sends the wrong message that Nigerian lives don’t matter.

If we call them Herdsmen terrorist and one of their claim is that they will occupy and take over lands at all cost to rear their cattle, then Nigerians must right away reject cattle meat (#NoNamaMeat) to demonstrate against this incessant evil act. Is it time to start that peaceful demonstration one-man-one-woman at a time in every village, town, or city and in all states to force this government to act? More will die the longer Nigerians wait. #NigerianLivesMatter.

 

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