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Enugu Cleric Urges FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Fulani Herdsmen


– Threatens Counter Attacks By IPOB, MASSOB

By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

ENUGU, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The ArchBishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical province of the Anglican Communion, Rev. (Dr) Emmanuel Chukwuma, has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency on the menace of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Nigeria.

He alerted if not tackled, the development is capable of degenerating into another civil war in the country, as the people have been pushed to the wall by the suspects’ incessant attacks and killings.

While reacting to Monday’s offensive in which scores were killed and witnessed destruction of buildings at Nimbo community in Uzo- uwani council area of Enugu state by Fulani herdsmen, Chukwuma, warned “enough is enough for this barbaric act in the south-east Nigeria.

It would be recalled dozens of heavily suspected armed fulani herdsmen, invaded the Enugu community in the morning hours of monday, killing several people, while many sustained various degree of injures.

While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the occasion and tackle the issue headlong, the Cleric also threatened that the people of south east might have no option than resorting to self-help should the callous act continues.

He said “if the Federal Government fails to declare state of emergency on the issue, I will not hesitate to mobilize south east youths, including IPOB and MASSOB members to declare war on the herdsmen and their cows” Chukwuma warned.

“If the killings continues, the people of south- east would use every thing within their reach, including the (Ogbunigwe), local bomb to defend themselves, because we can no longer watch the Fulani herdsmen slaughtering our people like chicken”

“What is Fulani herdsmen doing with AK47, the ArchBishop asked?

“Henceforth, we are going to match them fire for fire, since it has become clear that the only language they understand is fierce and fire”

ArchBishop Chukwuma, however blamed security agents for the attack, adding that if they had acted swiftly on the pre-information given to them by the residents, the sad incident could have been averted.

He equally challenged the south east Governors to take the issue very seriously by defending their citizens who have now become endangered species in their father land.

“If the South east Governors fail to live up to their responsibilities of protecting the lives of their citizens, as the Chief security officers of their respective States, we will pass a vote of no confidence on them.” Pastor Chukwuma added.

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