Herdsmen treating Nigeria like conquered territory because of Buhari – CAN

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Friday, observed that rampaging herdsmen are enjoying unprecedented level of protection under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

It stated that Buhari was more interested in re-election than in the protection of lives and the well-being of Nigerians, adding that the President did not care about the number of citizens that may end up as sacrificial lambs for his ambition.

At a press conference in Abuja, CAN through its Secretary-General, Rev. Musa Asake, accused Buhari of granting killer herdsmen undeserved protection and favouritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory.

Chronicling the killings and bloodshed recorded across states of the federation, he stated that the President has been acting complacent and unmoved by the reign of terror in the country.

CAN, while asserting that the Buhari administration had returned the nation to the dark age, said, war seems to be looming in Nigeria while the aggressors are no other than misguided individuals who had been armed to provoke different communities into needless battles.

“Yet, President Buhari, who was popularly elected in 2015 has not seen the need and urgency to issue a presidential order on the need to halt the killings and with stern instruction to heads of security operatives to bring perpetrators to book,” he said.

The umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria further accused Buhari of refusing to face the many painful facts and unpleasant truths about the security situation in the country with a view to finding lasting solutions to the daily bloodbaths,

While pointing out that Nigeria is fast heading to chaos and anomie, Asake said, “Discerning people were quick to note that contrary to his electoral promises, he actually meant to pursue core Islamist agenda. Almost every vital appointment in Security and Education went to Muslims from the North. He did not hide his disdain for the indigenous ethnic nationalities and, at every opportunity, showed preferential treatment to the Muslim North.

“Under President Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. Rather than arrest and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, security forces usually manned by Muslims from the North offer them protection as they unleash terror with impunity on the Nigerian people.

“The bottom line is that President Buhari failed woefully to protect Nigerians. He willfully permitted the Fulani herdsmen to operate killing people, destroying communities wholesale, destroying farmlands and turning the entire Middle Belt into ‘killing fields’, all the while enjoying government protection from counter attack, arrest or prosecution,” Asake added.

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