The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to declare Miyetti Allah a terrorist group.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has mandated the federal government to act against the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and other factions by declaring them a terrorist group.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for “overlooking the series of open threats by the Miyetti Allah to send armed vigilantes to the South-East”.
The statement reads: “Miyetti Allah are suspects behind the spate of attacks targeting government institutions like the High Court in Ebonyi state, and security forces in the South-East because of their past threats to send armed Fulani vigilantes to the South East region.
“It’s possible they are doing these to compel the South-East Governors to endorse the plan to have their armed vigilantes in the South East of Nigeria to protect herdsmen.”
“Generations unborn will remember the current set of cowardly and corrupt governors of the South East of Nigeria for failing to take steps within the law to stand for their people and their land and to work to stop these externally coordinated and well funded targeted attacks on the South East of Nigeria.
“We are convinced that President Buhari is very insincere on resolving the security challenges in the South East which we suggest may be masterminded and sponsored by officials of Miyetti Allah Cattle Sellers Association who had as far back as last two years disclosed that it will send armed vigilantes to the South East but as it is with President Buhari’s government which treats Miyetti Allah and armed Fulani herdsmen as sacred cows, these threats are clinically being overlooked whilst the South East of Nigeria is being turned into an arena of chaos, violence, gun attacks and massive slaughter of the security operative.
“All people of goodwill must speak up now to denounce the dishonesty of President Muhammadu Buhari who is ensconced in the heavily air-conditioned office in Aso Rock and watches as the South East of Nigeria and much of Nigeria slide into the precipice of anarchy, doom and gloom”.