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Buhari Has Failed to Stop Killings by Fulani Herdsmen, Others – BBOG

The #BringBackOurGirls coalition has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to check killings by Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna and by the military in other parts of the country.

It demanded that the President should visit Kaduna State to assess the situation for himself and thereafter, ensure a quick stabilisation in the area to pave way for peace and reconciliation.

The BBOG said this in a statement on Friday during its procession in Abuja to protest against the ongoing bloodshed in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the country, as part of activities commemorating the 1006th day since the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram sect.

The group noted that the killings might become a replay of the insurgency in the North-East if it was not speedily addressed.

The movement described as abhorrent the statement from the Presidency that Buhari did not have to respond to every crisis that involved lives and property. The group stated that the President had failed to address extrajudicial killings by the military, which resulted in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the Aba, Onitsha and others, according to a report published by Amnesty International and other investigators.

It said, “Sadly, President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly promised these would be looked into. However, no verifiable steps have been taken up to launch a government review of these many troubling reports in order to take appropriate preventive and punitive measures.

“The worst carnage is presently ongoing in Southern Kaduna and most of the killings are unreported. Killings are alleged by the indigenes and residents of communities in Southern Kaduna to be rampant still despite the recent mobilisation of military and police teams.

“We hereby demand, as a movement that does not wish to see a replay of the North-East destabilisation; that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately visit Southern Kaduna to assess the situation for himself as the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“Following the visit, we expect a quick stabilisation of the situation in Southern Kaduna to pave the way for peace and reconciliation, which should be led by the state government.”

The group observed that military was deployed in about 30 states of the federation, which it said was an indication that the internal security system is broken.

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