Are Fulani herdsmen above the law in Nigeria? By C. K. Ekeke
After reading and seeing the gory images of the latest killings, beheadings and massacres meted upon the innocent people of Nimbo and Uzo Uwani communities in Enugu yesterday, I could not keep mum any longer and not ask President Muhammadu Buhari – who swore an oath to defend the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and defend the Sovereignty of Nigeria this question: Are Fulani herdsmen above the law of the land? Are Fulani herdsmen untouchable in Nigeria?
Since Buhari came into power last May, the Fulani herdsmen have been kidnapping, raping young girls, married women, mothers, and massacring innocent and helpless Nigerian citizens in various communities in Benue, Enugu, kogi, Taraba, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Plateau, etc., with impunity. So far, I have not read of any arrest or confrontation by the Nigerian soldiers or military. As a matter of fact, after massacring about 500 helpless citizens, raping and destroying nearly sixteen villages in Agatu in Benue State a month ago, the leader of the Fulani herdsmen told the military personnel who came to the scene that their cows were stolen and that was why they massacred them and destroyed villages. The military personnel allowed them to go even with their weapons including A-K 47 and various assault weapons.