President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken out against those protesting in favour of Biafra breaking away from Nigeria.
He said in a statement: “The corporate existence of Nigeria as a single entity is not a subject of debate and will not be compromised”.
He has strangely remained silent on something else that continues to threaten the corporate existence of Nigeria.
On Wednesday last week, the Global Terrorism Index named Nigerian Fulani militants as the fourth deadliest terror group in the world.
The index claimed that Fulani militants killed 1,229 Nigerians in 2014. “As much as 92 per cent of their attacks target private citizens, reflecting the group’s primary concern over the ownership of farmland. Each attack claims an average of 11 lives, with the largest known in April 2014 killing as many as 200 people after a group of the militants targeted community leaders and residents during a meeting in central province Zamfara.”
A report by SBM Intelligence in October this year claimed that “in 2015 so far, the death toll in another crisis in the Middle Belt of Nigeria stands at nearly 2,000, rivalling the annual Boko Haram average. Unfortunately, this crisis has been neglected and ignored.”
The pro-Biafran protests have remained largely non-violent. But Buhari decided to address this and ignore Fulani killers that have murdered thousands of Nigerians.
An online petition organised by a group called Plateau Lives Matter stated: ‘The people of Plateau State, especially those living in Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State are constantly under attack from Fulani herdsmen and so-called “Unknown Gunmen”!! People are being killed daily in the villages, on their farms and on the roads! Over 500 lives of men, women and children have been lost since your inauguration! Crops and property worth billions have been lost! Our future generations are being wiped out! Mr. President, it is time action is taken to arrest this situation. It is time to put a stop to this act of ethnic cleansing and genocide!’
A former House of Representatives member from that area claimed that the president’s silence may have something to do with the fact that he is Fulani.
The Nigerian Constitution in Chapter 2 Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy declares: “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. The president has not only failed to act to keep Nigerians secure from the fourth deadliest terror group in the world, he does not even deem the deaths of thousands of Nigerians as worthy of comment.
He is bothered about pro-Biafran protests, but less concerned about thousands dead from the terror of Fulani herdsmen. This is criminal negligence and a gross dereliction of duty.
While speaking out against pro-Biafran agitators, Buhari is oblivious to how his silence and inaction on mass murder by Fulani herdsmen actually fuels secessionist sentiments.