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Killer herdsmen: Christian mothers give FG 90-day ultimatum to find solution

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

Irked by the incessant destruction of lives and property of innocent Nigerians by the dreaded Fulani herdsmen without the Federal Government stopping them, the Christian mothers in the Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger, Anambra State, weekend, slammed a 90-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to halt the ugly trend.

The Anglican women expressed their indignation over the development in an address which their leader, Dr Nonyelum Nwokolo, delivered at their annual conference, held at St James Anglican Church, Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

They lamented the said wanton killings and destruction of communities, saying that the phenomena has now reached an alarming and unbearable degree. 

Hear them: “We, the women of this diocese, are not happy for the ever-increasing insecurity in this country where, since the past seven years, human beings are killed virtually every day by a sect of people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen”.

“Their daily killings of human beings and destruction of communities and farmlands in this country have now reached a very disturbing degree. Today, the killer herdsmen have infiltrated almost every state in Nigeria, killing and maiming everybody on site and burning houses,” they remarked. 

The women bemoaned the social and economic effects of the attacks, saying, “The high cost of food and its attendant hunger today in this country are because people no longer go to farm as a result of fear of attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

“Our schools are also no longer safe as kidnappers and unknown gunmen have turned our schools a hunting ground. In recent months, hundreds of our children  (boys and girls) have either been abducted or heartlessly killed by the kidnappers, demanding  ransoms.

“Today, traveling by road is as risky as passing through the valley of death because of fear of ambushes by killer herdsmen and kidnappers.”

“We strongly condemn these and, because we, the women of this diocese, would not like the status quo to continue any more than the next 90 days, we hereby challenge the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to find ways to checkmate the situation within this time frame,” they demanded.

The Christian mothers remarked that, “a situation where one ethnic group gets up and starts to slaughter fellow ethnic groups is unacceptable.”

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