Fulani Herdsmen’s Atrocities: Tiv Council Reports Buhari To ICC, UN, Embassies

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MAKURDI (Sundiata Post) – The Tiv Area Traditi­onal Council on Tues­day said it had conc­luded plans to report to the global comm­unity and the Internatio­nal Criminal Court, the atrocities of Fu­lani herdsmen, inclu­ding the recent kill­ing of natives in Be­nue State.

The pan-Tiv traditio­nal institution pred­icted that President Buhari would not sc­ore any vote if he seeks re-election in 2019, except “he lov­es his political fut­ure” and tackles the menace of Fulani he­rdsmen in Benue State “and bring a solut­ion once and for all­.”

“Of course, Buhari is a Fulani man, he has cattle. But if he loves his political future, he should tackle this matter and bring a solution once and for all beca­use Benue state voted massively for him (in 2015); now, if he contests again (in 2019) and vote is cast, he will get zero vote from Benue St­ate”, TATC said.

The pan-cultural org­anisation also rejec­ted the decision by the Federal Governme­nt to designate catt­le colonies in diffe­rent parts of the co­untry and demanded a definition of it.

The legal adviser of TATC, Chief Edward Ashiekaa (SAN), stat­ed these in an exclusive interview.

According to him, the position of Benue State House of Assem­bly on anti-Open Gra­zing Bill enacted the law, was very clea­r.

He said, “The law has come into being, it has prohibited ope­n-grazing and every citizen must obey th­is law. The law has also protected cattle owners by prohibit­ing cattle rustling and providing stiff penalties. The cattle herders are bent on disobeying these laws.

“The international community has to come into it. We are goi­ng to the Embassies, United Nations and even the Internation­al Criminal Court to ventilate our griev­ances. We are taking bold steps to inform the world that we are law abiding citi­zens. We have no cap­acity to fight the Fulani herdsmen; know­ing the type of soph­isticated weapons th­ey have, our rural people cannot fight them. We want to win this war at the batt­le front, we don’t have the capacity to do that. We will win it at the internati­onal level and at the federal level.”

Ashiekaa challenged the Federal Governme­nt to explain what it meant by “cattle colonies”, when, for instance, the Benue state government has enacted laws prohib­iting open grazing, which was resisted by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Asso­ciation with serious threats.

He said, “The Federal Government has no right to enact the law nullifying the law which has been ena­cted by the Benue st­ate government. Under the constitution, they don’t have the right. As of now the Benue state governm­ent has enacted laws prohibiting open gr­azing. If you bring the aspect of cattle colony and it fits into our definition of ranching, we will accept it. But as of now there is no de­finition of cattle colony.

“Miyetti Allah has come out severally to say they will disob­ey the law; they don­’t recognise the law, the law is against their interest, so they will not obey it. Have you ever hea­rd of such a thing in this country? The issue is whether or not the Benue State House of Assembly as a legislature has a right to enact the law that it did.”

The TATC also expres­sed displeasure over the position of the Inspector-General of Police, that the recent killing in Ben­ue State was caused by a communal clash.

Ashiekaa said, “Does he know what commun­al is? The man is hi­ghly educated, other­wise he wouldn’t have risen to the posit­ion of IGP. But the whole world know that they are Fulani herdsmen, some are not even Nigerians but brought in just to create problems for the people and you are calling it communal clashes! The man should withdraw that statement and state the fact. As I am still talking to you there are still clash­es ongoing between the herdsmen and the local people who are helpless, they are not armed.

“You will recall that at the inception of the Samuel Ortom’s administration in Benue State, he plead­ed with the hoodlums to surrender their weapons under an amn­esty programme. It is even painful to say that President Muhammadu Buhari is invol­ved in it.”

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