Former Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya and Ohaneze Youth Council, OYC, said President Muhammadu Buhari was treating the killings being perpetrated by herdsmen with kid gloves, noting that herdsmen were being encouraged in their actions by the presidency, Vanguard writes.
Making his case for a Pan-Igbo security outfit, MASSOB stated that only Igbo people could be relied on for the protection of lives and property in Igbo land, adding that it was suicidal for the governors to have had confidence in security agents, given the recent experiences of herdsmen attacks.
MASSOB in a statement by its leader, Mr. Uchenna Madus, said: “We blame Igbo leaders for these unchallenged confrontations, unwarranted and cowardice killing of our people by Fulani herdsmen in our own land.
“The known enemies have the effrontery to commit this sacrilege today against Ndigbo who they were afraid of during Nigeria/Biafra war because Igbo political, traditional, religious, opinion leaders are afraid of Buhari.
“Why should Igbo governors continue to rely on the security personnel in their states, spending millions of naira on them while neglecting groups that can ensure security in Igbo land?”
Similarly, OYC in a statement by Mazi Alex Okemiri said: “The Fulani herdsmen continue to attack all parts of the country despite assurances by Mr. President that it would stop. It is clear now that Mr. President has no control over them. We call on Ndigbo, Southerners, Middle Beltans and moderate Arewa people to defend themselves in the face of these continuous killings and inability of the Federal Government to protect them.”
In like manner, former Ohaneze scribe, Eya added: “How can a human being be killed by his or her neighbour for beating a gong to scare away animals? If we are one country, let us remain one but if we are not, let us declare the six zones sovereign countries for everybody to go his own way. We are ready to get passports to go to Sokoto or Katsina if the need be.”
Meanwhile, the presidency has remained silent on the latest killings as Nigerians continue to pine.