Group decries killing of Igbo by Fulani herdsmen

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A group, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, under the aegies of Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), has condemned the alleged killing of Igbo’s by suspected herdsmen in eastern Nigeria.

In a statement signed by its President and Secretary, Tochukwu Ezeoke and Lawrence Nwobu respectively, the group said it is gravely shocked by the indiscriminate killings and unprecedented destruction unleased by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen on various Igbo communities in Igboland. “Never before have the predicaments of the Igbos reached an alarming crescendo as currently experienced under the Buhari administration,” the group said.

Lamenting the dreadful situation, the group noted that, “Igbo people are routinely chased out of Northern Nigeria and their wares and shops looted with impunity. The rest are brutally burnt down with reckless rascality.” IEI condemns the situation where, “Survivors of these bloody onslaughts are pursued to Igboland and finished off again with impunity by the Fulani herdsmen. Their herds of cattle destroy farmlands, houses are razed, and mothers and daughters are raped, while their husbands and fathers are axed to death.” The group wondered why the state governors and lawmakers from the East chose to keep silent over the issue, querying the motive behind such silence. “While the silence of the Buhari administration over the nefarious antecedents of his Fulani kinsmen convinces us of his tactical approval of their rampages, what we find criminally embarrassing is the silence of our Igbo leaders”, they claimed.

According to them, communities who tried to defend their places are routinely disarmed and arrested. “We saw this happen in
Awgu where over 76 members of a community were arrested by Soldiers and shipped to prison.



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