Fulani Herdsmen Attacks: “We are now reaching the breaking point in our patience” – CAN tells Buhari

The Christian Association of Nigeria has warned the Federal Government that Nigeria was on the brink of a war if it does nothing to stem the wanton killings by the Fulani herdsmen around the country.

“They have killed more people than the Boko Haram sect and almost displaced more people than them. We are now reaching the breaking point in our patience and toleration of this wicked impunity before degenerating to a civil war.

The statement released by the apex group of Nigerian Christians was signed by its President, Reverend Ayokunle Samson. According to the statement the government has handled the matter with levity in spite of the fact that the Fulani Herdsmen have “killed more people than Boko Haram”. The statement reads:

“We in the Christian Association of Nigeria are forced to make this press release on the continuous inhuman and wicked activities of the Fulani herdsmen all over the federation who are going from community to community killing innocent farmers with impunity.

“They have killed more people than the Boko Haram sect and almost displaced more people than them. We are now reaching the breaking point in our patience and toleration of this wicked impunity before degenerating to a civil war.

“While the government has taken the battle to Boko Haram terrorists, the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Badoo boys, the Niger Delta Avengers and other groups, it has not shown any serious willingness to checkmate the murderous activities of herdsmen. This, to us, is a betrayal of the confidence reposed in this government by Nigerians when they voted them into power.

“Similarly, the government has failed to uphold the constitution which they swore to uphold because they have failed in protecting Nigerians from the attacks of herdsmen in the affected areas. If they continue to allow herdsmen to have a field day in killing people like this, is it not the Fulanis alone that would remain that they would govern? God forbid!

“We need to know why the intelligence units of all security apparatus we have in this country have not been able to discover the sources of supply of ammunition to Fulani herdsmen living virtually in the bush.

“Customs and the Immigration Service, together with the police, have case to answer. Who are the suppliers of these weapons? If the murderous herdsmen are foreigners, as it is being claimed in some quarters, why did we allow dangerous foreigners into our country to come and kill us? Our government has a case to answer, too.

“We are therefore tasking the government of the day and all security agencies to rise up to their responsibilities and we equally call on all stakeholders in this nation together for a solemn assembly that would address all these things and come out with a lasting solution to these senseless attacks.” 

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