NIDOA Condemns the Needless Killings of Innocent Nigerians by Fulani Herdsmen
On behalf of Nigerians living in the United States, Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Americas (NIDOA) USA Executive Board expresses its outrage at the mindless and senseless killings of innocent citizens by the Fulani Herdsmen across the federation.
We strongly condemn the barbaric acts of violence by reckless herdsmen, and urge the perpetrators of these heinous acts to be brought to book and face justice. The continued audacious actions of the herdsmen without regard for human lives or the laws of our land represent a clear and present danger, and threaten the peace and unity of the country.
These actions are not new, and have been a recurring problem over several years now.
We urge the government to listen to its citizenry and the cries of the dead by stepping up its efforts to tackle the menace immediately. The Federal Government should rise up to its constitutional duty to safeguard the lives and property of all Nigerians. The continued bloodletting must be stopped immediately.
The government should disarm ALL armed herdsmen as a matter of urgency, as they have no right to be rearing cattle while armed with highly sophisticated military assault weapons that are meant to be used by our security agencies. Highly armed herdsmen pose a terrorist threat to all law abiding unarmed Nigerians, and must not be allowed to continue to terrorize Nigerian communities.
Citizens who are aiding and abetting the herdsmen by supplying them with weapons and bullets must be identified and prosecuted as well.
Also, efforts should be made to modernize the outdated cattle rearing methods in the country to modern standards that prohibit open grazing on non-farmlands, utilize designated ranches, and respect peoples’ private properties. We must join the community of nations that are marching forward into the 22nd century.
We offer our sincerest condolences to the people of Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa, and to all other Nigerians who have suffered the loss of loved ones as a result of these wanton criminal acts.
Ms. Patience N. Key, MPH
Chairman, Board of Directors
Dr. George Nwogu