In recent times, Fulani herdsmen have been accused of abducting, raping and maiming members of their host communities.
Last Friday, suspected herdsmen attacked Ebute Igbooro community, killed four and set properties ablaze. This happened after about six persons were hacked to death and others thrown into a river in Owode Ketu on Thursday.
Following these incidents, Nigerians of goodwill have come out to condemn the act and calls on the president to publicly disown support for criminal herdsmen.
Top among the list is the Senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who asked Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to publicly eschew himself of the accusations being leveled against him that he is supporting marauding herdsmen.
Sen. Abaribe stated this on Channels TV morning programme, Sunrise daily. He urged the president to be concerned that a particular ethnic group is always in the news for the wrong thing.
Abaribe said: “The President needs to come out and say categorically that he does not support the activities of violent herdsmen. He needs to say I do not support their actions, Buhari needs to come out for every Nigerian to see his intention to own this problem.”
“Why wouldn’t you as chief executive of a country come out and say I’m giving marching orders to security agencies that these cannot continue to happen.”
“Where has the President ever said publicly that these criminal herdsmen will never be tolerated. I’ve only heard his Spokesman, Adesina say it and not from him.”
“What we’ve heard from 2006 is live in peace with your neighbour, try to accommodate your country men and stuffs of that nature. This enables those that are committing these crimes that there is no punishment.”
“As a president, you should be very worried when you see things happening in the country targeted at a particular set of people. You should ask what is it that makes these people continue to commit these crimes.”