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Fulani Herdsmen Killings: Why We Won't Retaliate ~ Enugu Students (READ)


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Enugu State Chapter has revealed in a statement the reason why they won't retaliate to the recent killings carried out by the Fulani Herdsmen, which claimed the life of two persons left several others injured.


Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with Enugu Students
Ever since the attack, there have been public outcries, especially on the social media, inciting the students and youths of Enugu State to retaliate the carnage on Ndiagu Attakwu community by the Fulani herdsmen.

The students stated that such call was counter-productive and might lead to the endangering of lives of youths and students in the state.

Reacting to the development, the student union in a statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of NANS, Comrade Chidi Ilogebe and its South East and South South PRO, Comrade Victor Ezenagu, described such comments as “careless, inciting and inimical to the calculated efforts being made by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to decisively resolve the issue in line with the oath of office he swore to uphold.”

While condemning the attack in its entirety, they noted that the menace of the herdsmen was a national issue and required the swift intervention of the federal government, which is constitutionally empowered to nip in the bud the atrocities of the marauders.

The student leaders stressed that “Enugu state is one of the most peaceful and least states in the country that were being ravaged by the herdsmen, wondering why some people should attempt to instigate the students to retaliate while they sit back in their comfort zones and watch.”

They said that unlike in Ekiti State, the population of Igbos living in the northern parts of the country was enormous, fueling fears that any unlawful action against the herdsmen in retaliation may likely put the Igbos in the north at the receiving end.

On the call by some Igbo groups for the Enugu Governor to emulate Gov. Ayo Fayose’s actions against the herdsmen, the students said that no true Igbo leader would support any act that could lead to bloodshed or undermine the peace and unity of the country.

They also stated that Gov. Ugwuanyi as a responsible leader believed in due process and constitutional ways of addressing issues of this nature and should not be pushed to instigate the people of the state to take laws into their hands, as that is certainly not the best option under a democratic setting.

The students who expressed confidence in the ability of the state government to ensure that justice was done on the matter, advised the governor to summon a town hall meeting with the relevant stakeholders to sensitize the people and chart a new course for the safety of lives and property.

They, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies to step up actions to put an end to the dastardly acts of the herdsmen in the overall interest of the country.

1 comment:

  1. One can only say "congratulations" to those students and their "law abiding" governor. Is it not said that "when the corpse of a stranger is being conveyed, it seems like a lug of wood"? I pray God to protect the innocent people of Enugu and the rest of Biafrans. The hausa\fulanis go about killing our people, rule of law is not considered but after the slaughter then the rule of law becomes vibrant. And the "law abiding" governor goes organizing security meetings until the matter dies down and forgotten. Maybe the law that Enugu state is following is different and better than the one Gov Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state is operating. And for the very naive students my questions are (1) How does a law made by a state become an aggression that must wait or seek the approval or otherwise of the Fulani herdsmen? (2) If the herdsmen continue killing the Biafrans in Biafraland and the Biafrans should not respond because there are Biafrans living in other lands, then what have the Biafrans become, chickens? (3) What solution have the Igbo leaders proffered to the situation or is there no solution to it, must or people be turned to endangered spices? I think something is seriously wrong with current Igbo leadership. May God help the peaceloving people of Biafra.

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