The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has alleged that Fulani herdsmen are carrying out genocide across Nigeria.
This claim was made on Thursday in a statement by the group.
It also accused the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) of feigning ignorance of herdsmen attacks in Nigeria.
It lamented that “level of insensitivity being displayed by the ACF on the serial crimes against humanity being carried out by their kinsmen shows clearly they are a group who think only about themselves while ignoring the interests of other citizens they jokingly refer to as ‘fellow Nigerians’.”
“As late as yesterday (Wednesday), there was kidnap on Lagos -Ibadan road during which the son of the CMD (Chief Medical Director) of Lafia Hospital in Ibadan, Dr. Oladopupo Sule, and two staffers were kidnapped,” a statement from the forum read.
“This has been the common thread in many of the kidnappings in recent time in many communities.
“Instead of ACF and their ilk showing empathy with the victims as humanity demands and contribute to finding ways to end the menace, it is only insults that flow from their mouths.
“How can any reasonable person say the identity of criminals as identified by victims, being named simply because we have a Fulani president?
“We had thought it would be sensible to ask the Fulani president to use the security agencies to pursue the criminals and get them arrested. We would not mind apologising if that is done and those terrorising us are found not to be of Fulani extraction.
“But instead of doing that the ‘Fulani Presidency’ (apology to ACF) has been giving excuses on the killings and unwilling to apprehend the criminals.”
It noted that “we must let ACF know that the lives of our people mean so much to us that we cannot engage in sinful silence when they are being wasted.
“ACF would do well to appeal to these criminals to desist from their acts if they still want us to continue to live together in the same country.
“We equally observed their jejune response to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s observations on the state of the country after their several days of ‘studying’ his intervention.”
The group added that “all they could come up with was abusing Obasanjo shows the slippery ground upon which they are standing. We want them to know that Obasanjo spoke the minds of all Nigerians who are not part of or endorsers of the genocide going on .
“The reason why the ACF cannot see the valid points he raised is that Nigeria to them is just Arewaland and the votes spread the constitution requires from other parts of the country.
“If the federal government listens to ACF instead of acting to allay the fears on complaints about obvious ‘Northernisation’ and ‘Fulanisation’ agenda, it would mean the plot to destroy this country has official seal.”