Abubakar Haruna Galadanchi
Former governor of the old Kaduna State Balarabe Musa, said that the only explanation for President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence over renew attacks by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen resulting in the deaths of several Nigerians is absolute weakness, incompetence and loss of focus. About 40 persons have so far been reported killed in the latest attacks by some Fulani herdsmen at Nimbo in Uzo- Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
He laments in an interview with Newsmen in Kano this evening that not only are the Fulani herdsmen killing and attempting to forcefully take over other peoples’ land, they also engage in stealing of cows belonging to others, a crime he said not reported in the media.
He said the atrocities being committed by suspected Fulani herdsmen across the country and the killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of properties in the northeast by Boko Haram insurgents are indication that government at the central is weak and lack the competence to address the current overwhelming insecurity plaguing the country.
The killing by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen appears to be the only crime taking place in the country. It is not at all. These Fulani herdsmen are also stealing cows of others and the federal government is at the moment powerless. My own cows have been stolen twice last year and this year. It was never like this until this present government came to power. For people to be able to steal cows in the day time in Nigeria that shows the level of insecurity.
It is terrible. The President and his government are weak. Has the President said anything since the Fulani herdsmen started this senseless killing? he asked. Let us not deceive ourselves. The President is quiet because he is a weak President. The state Kaduna government is also very weak in terms of security. They have put the lives of Nigerians in danger more than any government in recent times, he said. He explained that the current level of confidence with which the Fulani herdsmen carries out their activities across the country in total disregard for indigenous people who owns the land in the first instance without a word from the President, supports the arguments in some quarters that they are backed by highly placed government officials.
President Buhari condemned the reported attacks by suspected herdsmen on some communities across the country in a statement on Wednesday night. A statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the President particularly condemned Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State.
However, Balarabe Musa said Nigerians should not take the statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson serious on a matter that involves loss of lives, and augured that until the President personally address the nation over the killings and how he plans to urgently tackle it he cannot be said to have spoken to Nigerians.