Saturday, 28 January 2017

Yoruba group, Afenifere accuses Northern governors of protecting Fulani herdsmen

- Afenifere, a Yoruba group, has kicked
against the Northern governors’ plan to
register foreign herdsmen whom they claim
are allegedly responsible for the attacks in
Southern Kaduna
- The group also criticized Kaduna state
governor, Nasir Elrufai, for his recent
comments on Aljazeera TV that herdsmen
who were responsible for the deaths of
Nigerians must be accommodated
The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), a
Yoruba group, has criticized the
northern governors’ plan to open a
register for immigrant herdsmen whom
they said are responsible for attacks on
Nigerians.
The governors had earlier made a claim
that the herdsmen involved in the
ongoing killings in southern Kaduna are
not Nigerians but immigrants from Mali
and Senegal.A statement by ARG spokesperson, Kunle
Famoriyo, on Friday January 28,
accused the governors of shying away
from the truth. ,
Famoriyo said: “It is shameful that the
Northern Governor Forum could not
even pretend and hide its readiness to
sacrifice the rest of Nigeria for Fulani
interest in its veiled reference to
‘national integration and cohesion’ as
the solution to herdsmen menace.
“ARG is therefore gravely concerned that
state governors who swore to protect
Nigeria’s constitution are the ones
promoting alien interest.”
According to Premium Times, the group
also criticized Kaduna state governor,
Nasir Elrufai, for his recent comments
on Aljazeera TV that herdsmen who
were responsible for the deaths of
Nigerians must be accommodated
because Nigeria is signatory to
ECOWAS’s treaty on trans-humane
pastoralist protocol.
It queried why ECOWAS treaties are
only obligatory where it concerns Fulani
interest as there are other treaties that
Nigeria has ignored.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN) has sent a message to
acting president, Professor Yemi
Osinbajo to defend Christians as he is in
office to do so.
In a statement by Bayo Oladeji who is
special assistant on media to the CAN
president, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo
Ayokunle, the religious body said the
issues of the DSS trying to arrest Apostle
John Suleman was a slap on the faces on
Christians and wondered why Osinbajo
who is also a Christian is keeping quiet
about it.