Chairman of Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka has called on the federal government to stop fulani herdsmen, who had been alleged to be perpetrating senseless killings in Nigeria’s middle bet.
Nwaka said this at the weekend when addressing journalists at the party secretariat in Umuahia, saying that the time has come to curb the excesses of the herdsmen before the menace degenerates into “another major security challenge”.
He said it was baffling that “Northern Elders have characteristically chosen to overlook the blood thirsty, rampaging herdsmen without calling them to order just like they ignored the Boko Haram and allowed it to grow into a monstrous terror group.
“It is Boko Haram today. I predict that the next major security challenge our nation may face will arise from the impunity of the Fulani herdsmen unless the federal authorities and opinion leaders in the North took urgent steps to arrest the situation,” he said.
Nwaka slammed the northern Elders for threatening to drag the recently retired chief of Army Staff (COAS) before International Criminal Court (ICC) for crime against humanity allegedly committed in the course of the “largely successful anti-terrorism onslaught” against the terrorists in the North East.
He said the northern elders should be thankful to the former COAS for leading the Nigerian Army to free them from the murderous grip of the Boko Haram insurgents, adding that Ihejirika has acquitted himself creditably as COAS.