The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has pointed out that Fulani herdsmen have been major victims of internecine tribal killings across northern Nigeria, insisting that their lives matter as well.
In a statement by its national secretary, Alhaji Baba Usman Ngeljarma, the group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest and punish perpetrators of genocidal killings of over 1000 Fulani last June in Mambila, last November in Numan and Kajuru among others.
Miyetti Allah told the President it has compiled a comprehensive list containing names of their murdered loved ones, the suspected killers, as well as places where those killings were carried out. It added that that information has before now been given to the police and other security agencies.
The statement reads, “Our organization has noted with a deep sense of relief the assurance of President Mohammadu Buhari to the Benue State delegation at the Presidential Villa yesterday that the perpetrators of the heinous Benue murders will not go unpunished.
“Having already expressed our organization’s condemnation of those killings we are in full support of the position taken by the president on this issue.
“Accordingly, Pastoralists being major victims of internecine tribal killings across Northern Nigeria for decades on end, we seize this opportunity to call upon the president to as a matter of duty extend his sense of justice to likewise arrest and punish all those who committed the genocidal killings of the over 1000 our men, women and children last June in Mambila, last November in Numan and Kajuru among others.
“Nobody must escape justice as the lives of the Pastoralists are no less precious. This will not only show that the president is just, fair and protective to all citizens of this great country, demonstrating that the life of every Nigerian is sacrosanct, but also serve as a pointer to our people that justice is served to those who killed their loved ones and thus forestall future conflict.
“Mr. President should note that our organization has a comprehensive lists of the names and places of all our killed ones and their suspected killers, many of which we have previously given to the police and other security agencies.
“While we wait to see the action of the government in giving justice to all Nigerians, not least the Pastoralist community, we want to assure the president of our support and cooperation in his efforts to restore peace and normalcy across Nigeria.”