Christian leaders call for action on Fulani terrorists
The Taraba State CAN chairman the Rev Ben Uber said, “I call on the federal government to tackle the issue of herdsmen and farmers’ clashes across the country. Just a few days ago, herdsmen attacked a village in Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State and destroyed the whole village.”
He added that, “The same way Sabon-gida Takai and Dan-Anacha villages in Gassol Local Government Area of the state also came under attack by herdsmen some days before Christmas, killing scores of people, while thousands were displaced.”
Ben Uba also condemned the killings in Kaduna by herdsmen despite the 24-hour curfew imposed on the area. “I call on security agents to collaborate to be able to tackle all forms of terrorism in the country, especially the problem of herdsmen and farmers across the country,” he said.
The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, in a statement last week, had accused President Buhari of endorsing the Fulani Herdsmen’s terrorist activities by keeping quiet and ignoring the killings in Southern Kaduna State.
Meanwhile the Chairman of Mafa council, Shettima Lawan Mafa, was arrested by the Army in Maiduguri, at the weekend, together with “a top Boko Haram commander” reports say.
Though the Army has not made any official pronouncement on the arrest, a top government official confirmed that the council chairman was arrested following a tip off that a top Boko Haram commander, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested in the house of Shettima Lawan. He however said the Council Chairman was not home at the time of the arrest, but he was taken to the military barracks in Maiduguri later on.
There have been speculations that some politicians are either funding or have links to the Boko Haram terrorist sect in Nigeria.
In response to the development, the Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Usman Ali Zanna, denied all reports that the chairman was arrested.
Usman Ali said, “We anxiously look forward to the outcome of the investigation while we shall abide by Governor Kashim Shettima’s stand that anyone found having any connection with insurgents is an enemy of Borno State and its people.”