By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA—A coalition of civil society groups under the auspices of ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ Monday demanded for the immediate declaration of armed herdsmen as terrorists.
The coalition, led by maverick entertainer, Mr. Charles Oputa, also said the government could not continue to remain silent in the face of apparent killing of innocent Nigerians and wanton destruction of communities by armed herdsmen.
It particularly accused President Muhammadu Buhari of applying double standard on the issue of national security; saying if the Federal Government under his leadership was quick to proscribe members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who neither bore arms nor killed any citizen, there was no reason to spare the killer herdsmen who have killed over 900 Nigerians within the past five months.
While leading a protest to the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja, Oputa otherwise known as Charly Boy said: “According to the Global Terrorism Index, these killer herdsmen are the deadliest in Nigeria; deadlier than Book Haram, and at a point, was declared the fourth deadliest in the world. Available statistics show that more than 900 innocent lives have been lost so far in 2018 to unprovoked, brutish attacks of killer herdsmen in the Middle-belt zone of the country alone.
“We are demanding that the Federal Government takes immediate step to invoke section 2(1)(c) of the Terrorism Prevention Act, against killer herdsmen.”
Receiving the protesters was the Acting Director, General Services in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs Lola Uket. She promised to convey their message to the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, through the office of the Solicitor-General of the Federation.
Mrs. Uket further assured them of a formal response from the office of the AGF in due course.