A group in the UK, The Bridge Centre, has said that some politicians opposed to Buhari’s government parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the herdsmen farmers’ Crisis in some parts of Nigeria.
The Bridge Centre claimed that some members of the opposition party, in their desperation to get at the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre, have been actively supporting killers, who go about massacring populations in communities that did not vote them in the 2015 general elections.
Elizebeth Robertson, Head of Research and Documentation of the organization in the report, called on the United Nations Security Council to urgently intervene before the world starts dealing with the problem of a lost generation in Nigeria.
The report reads in full.
The world has on several occasions been appalled by the wanton killings in Nigeria from incidents attributed to clashes between herdsmen and farmers. Attacks upon attacks in affected communities have been blamed on “killer” herdsmen, who in such instances prove elusive as not much would be heard about the daring killer squads that carry out such crimes against humanity.
The situation has triggered a cycle of blame game within Nigeria, with the consequence that the persons behind these killings, at least responsible in part, are successfully evading justice.
Transhumance is a phenomenon that is not peculiar to Nigeria. It has been worsened by climate change, urban sprawl, changing cultures and economic pressure.
In the 16 years that PDP ruled Nigeria, it decided to do nothing about the realities of making changes to avert the genuine aspects that can be addressed as Farmers/Herdsmen Crisis like the current government is doing by proposing cattle ranching as a workable solution to the issues caused by nomadic cattle herding.”
The statement said the corruption perpetrated by the previous government made it difficult for certain interventions that would have allowed livestock keepers and crop growers thrive as constituent parts of the agricultural sector.
It said in the desperation to get at the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre, that some opposition party members have contributed to the predicament faced by the country in terms of herdsmen and farmers’ clashes.
“These killings have been classified as part of the casualty from the Farmers/Herders’ crisis.
It also alleged that one Aminu Yaminu (Tashaku) whom it claimed was a known Boko Haram terrorist, was emboldened by some evil men against the Buhari administration.
“Tashaku has been arraigned for the gruesome murder of 17 worshipers in a heinous crime that was initially attributed to “killer” herdsmen.
Taking cognisance of the continued desecration of the sanctity of human life, the United Nations Security Council is invited to:
Order a full investigation into the role that politicians are playing in the killings attributed to Farmers/Herders’ crisis.
Arising from the findings of the full investigation, takes the steps necessary to deter the kind of disregard for human life as is presently the trend.
Time is of essence for whatever intervention the Council has to make since it is important that Nigerians are reassured ahead of the General Elections.
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