- The reoccurring attacks against farming communities by armed herdsmen has been a major issue in Nigeria
- The federal government has been called on by an Igbo interest group to declare the herdsmen as terrorists
- According to the group, armed herdsmen need to be outlawed for Nigeria to be one united and indivisible country
An Igbo interest group, Voice from the East (VEAST), has urged the federal government to declare armed herdsmen as terrorists because of the dastardly way they have been wasting human lives and property in Nigeria.
The group made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu, even as they called on the government to proscribe the Miyetti Allah Kautal H*re group, who breed the animals.
According to the convener of VEAST, Comrade Kindness Jonah, who signed the statement, Justice Matthew Kolawoke of the Federal High Court, Abuja, should on Thursday, June 21, declare herdsmen as well as the Miyetti Allah Kautal H*re, as terrorists following a suit filed by a Makurdi-based lawyer, Matthew Nyiutsa before the court.
The group maintained that for Nigeria to be one united and indivisible country, armed herdsmen should be outlawed.
“We, the VEAST believe that for Nigeria to be truly one, the touchy issue of outlandish killings of innocent Nigerians by bloodsucking herdsmen must be decisively addressed," the group said.
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Meanwhile, a former Chief of Army Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to change Nigeria’s security architecture to save the country from becoming a failed state under his watch.
Akinrinade, 78, a member of the defunct National Democratic Coalition, made the call in an exclusive interview with Thisday newspapers.
His concerns came on the heels of another outcry by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state on Friday, June 15, that he was no longer the chief security officer of his state because he had no control over the security apparatus in the area, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent times by bandits.
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