The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his silence on herdsmen killings in Nigeria.
HURIWA in a statement on Tuesday noted that Buhari’s silence over the killings could “spark a bigger conflagration if not quickly checked.”
HURIWA made this claim in a reaction to armed herdsmen attacks in Enugu and Anambra States.
The group called on South-East Governors and the state parliaments to pass laws the empowers vigilante groups with arms and grant licences to citizens to bear arms for self-protection.
The human right group condemned Federal government’s failure to declare the “armed Fulani killer gangsters as a terror organisation even when the killers are always backed by a platform known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association.”
It noted that the “conspiratorial silence of President Muhammadu Buhari manifested through his inability to surgically deal with Fulani armed gangsters masquerading as herdsmen could spark a bigger conflagration if not quickly checked.
“The Constitution confers the power on state Assemblies to pass laws for the good governance, security and wellbeing of their citizens.
“These unprovoked killings will continue so long as government fails to empower all citizens to take up legal weapons to put an end to the treacherous activities of armed hoodlums paid to commit genocide to advance the Ethno-religious interest of some persons who are treated by the central government as sacred cows.
“We condemn the Nigerian government for doing nothing to stop the spread of attacks by well-armed Fulani killer gangsters but has always rapidly deployed armed security forces to protect the armed Fulani herdsmen from reprisals whenever these undesirable armed elements undertake their sordid and despicable crime against humanity.
“Where were the armed security forces in Anambra and Enugu states before the armed Fulani herdsmen struck and why are the soldiers being deployed to protect the suspected killers?
“The government must be made to come clean on these serial killings by armed Fulani herdsmen all over the Country if Nigeria must be stopped from nosediving into a state of civil war. These killings must stop or must be stopped by all means.”