Group petitions Osinbajo, demand probe of herdsmen killings across Nigeria
Group of various ethnic nationalities in Taraba under the aegis of ‘Save Our Souls Group, SOSG, yesterday petitioned Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, demanding probe of farmer’s killing by herdsmen in Taraba and across the country.
Addressing a press conference in Jalingo, leaders of the group, Mr. Othman Dan Ali and Helen Adi noted that the presidency cannot continue to ignore the blatant transgression of lives and properties by rampaging Fulani herdsmen who have killed many across the states of the federation.
While giving the Acting President a 24 hours ultimatum to bring the leaders of Miyetti Allah and other allied Fulani groups to book over the killing of farmers across the country by herdsmen, the groups said it can no longer watch the highest authority in the land pretend as if non Fulani lives do not count.
The group called on the federal government to act fast to save her image before the international community as they have mobilised 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria to pursue a suit against Fulani genocide at the International Criminal Court at the Hague.
“While we appreciate the Acting President’s commitment to peaceful coexistence, we are pained by the countless souls lost and food items and properties destroyed by Fulani herdsmen attacks over the years.
“We have lost our loved ones, villages and our ancestral heritage destroyed. Our farms have become grazing fields and schools and places of worship taken over by cows.
“Thousands of people have been killed in Benue, Enugu, Kaduna and other states. In our state Taraba, we have lost uncountable number of Tivs, Jukuns and Kutebs in repeated attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
“Despite repeated calls for intervention by Governor Darius Ishaku over regrouping Boko Haram in Suntai Daaji forest, aside the herdsmen invasion of the state, the federal government did not send delegations to ascertain this pogrom carried out by the Fulanis,” they said.
According to the group, they have never seen such an overwhelming federal might in response to the eight other crises the state had witnessed in the recent past, adding that governor Ishaku is rather been harassed by the presidency over the recent crisis on the Mambilla plateau.
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