A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Ebonyi state, Chief Abia Onyike, on Wednesday described the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the persistent killings carried out by Fulani herdsmen in several parts of the country as dangerous and disturbing.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the PDP Chieftain charged the President adopt a wholistic policy in its fight against terrorism, so as not to be seen to being selective in the way they deal with terrorist organizations in the country.
According to him, the menace of Fulani herdsmen has snowballed into a grave national security threat which requires a national emergency if national stability is to be maintained.
“The APC government must urgently address the persistent killings by Fulani herdsmen being reported in several parts of the country, especially the most recent and widely reported case of the alleged massacre of over 300 persons in Agatu in Benue State.
“The deadly and vicious invasion by the herdsmen may snowball into a monumental human tragedy unless President Muhammadu Buhari decides to address the problem.
“The silence of President Muhammadu Buhari in the face of the security threat by the Fulani herdsmen has become disturbing and dangerous as the menace had spread to several states and geo-political zones in the country.
“Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has been reacting to terrorist atrocities and killings in other parts of the world.
Some of the incidents he condemned included the recent killing of 18 persons in Ivory Coast; the bombing and killings in Turkey and Belgium.
“Recall also that at a recent APC NEC meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing of 4 or 5 persons during the re-run elections in Rivers state. Nigeria cannot afford to relapse into another round of organised militia violence after successfully containing the Boko Haram siege.”