The recent killings of over 120 innocent defenseless persons in eleven communities in Barkin -Ladi, Riyom and Jos South Local Government areas of Plateau state is one that has garnered both national and international condemnation.
The incessant killings by herdsmen and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) government’s inability to own up and bring the perpetrators of this nefarious act to book is one that has really turned the Nigerian State into one which insecurity and killings has gradually becoming a norm.
Nigerians can still bear the negative effect of the economic situation in which the country found itself at the moment is becoming unbearable especially now the country has been ranked above India as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people. But for how long can Nigerians bear the wanton and incessant killings of innocent Nigerians by the Herdsmen.
President Muhammadu Buhari once publicly blamed former Libyan leader Mummar Ghaddafi who was killed seven years ago for the ongoing killings across North Central Nigeria, exonerating the widely accused Fulani Herdsmen.
The recent killing on the Plateau that claimed hundreds of lives is one that has left many questions on the lips on Nigerians without corresponding answers. One major questions on the lips of Nigerians is, “What will be the reaction of President Muhammadu Buhari, now the Miyeeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has taken responsibility for the attacks”.
It could be recalled that barely 2 days after the gruesome killings, Danladi Ciroma, the Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), claimed responsibility for the killings by suspected herdsmen, saying it was a reprisal attack for cows the association lost.
He stated that “Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.
“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas. Even soldiers that went after the criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot by the armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows.