Youth group demand arrest, prosecution of herdsmen leaders
By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
Nigerian youths, under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Assembly, comprising of indigenous youth organisations in the South South and South East geo-political zones, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to immediately arrest and prosecute the leadership of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).
The call for the arrest, which was part of the resolutions contained in a release by the assembly made available to Orient Daily in Abakaliki, said, should the leaders of MACBAN not be arrested, her reactions to Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari was capable of instigating crisis in the country.
The release was jointly signed by Aremo Oladotun Hassan, president, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide; representative of Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide; Comrade Obinnna Achionye, Deputy President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, and Barr. Pereotubo Oweilaemi, President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide.
It read, “We urgently call on President Muhammadu Buhari- led federal government to arrest and prosecute the current leadership of the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).
“The president should also arrest other MACBAN allies over their recent seditious and inciteful hate speeches with reference to their malicious call for the arrest of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his advice in his open letter to President Buhari to stop the impending war via call for an urgent national conference.
“We see this heinous act of MACBAN as illicitly motivated, reckless, diversionary tactics, with devilish intent to put Nigeria on flames if the presidency falls into the trap of arresting Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. We have watched keenly most of the controversial activities of MACBAN recently, directly and indirectly, leading to mass murder and genocidal ethnic cleansing against innocent Nigerians through allegedly perceived agents.
“The dreaded militia armed herdsmen, with attendant daily mass killings in our various communities across the nation, especially the recent wake of crises, killings, kidnapping and community invasion by their armed bandits, under the aegis of Fulani herdsmen terrorist group, despite the allegedly N100 billion naira recently dangled by the federal government to pacify this dreaded group as a frontal measure to win the terrorism war. Unfortunately, this singular stride has further increased our woes and agony unabated till date.
“The rude provocative call for Chief Obasanjo’s arrest is a ploy of Myetti Allah to derail Nigeria’s governance system to total anarchy, a semblance of Venezuelan and Rwandan genocidal ethnic cleansing agenda.
“Furthermore, it is an open invitation to put more hardship on the already helpless and suffocated citizenry, plagued in the world headquarters of poverty. However, we implore the federal government to desist from any attempt to arrest Obasanjo, but to show conspicuous appreciation to the former president for courage to speak the truth to power”, it stated, while adding that “the sinister move by the Myetti Allah is aimed at setting the nation on fire, with attraction of grave consequences not limited thereto: political and economic sanctions from world super powers.
“We observed with keen interest the concurrent evil bedeviling the Nigerian state as a premeditated agenda to cause war and civil unrest in Nigeria. We are completely worried and compelled to react against the MACBAN for not calling for arrest of bandits and armed herdsmen in the north, having continuously unleashed terror from Benue, Taraba, Osun, Enugu, Oyo, Ebonyi Ogun, Abia, Ekiti, Anambra and Ondo states, without no fundamental arrest, not until recently on the late Funke Olakunri’s killers, though information is discreet and shoddy.
“However, we shall hold MACBAN accountable for these crimes, precipitating our move to equally filling a legal action and petition against them both to our national courts and the United Nations for championing ethnic cleansing agenda.
“Hence, precipitating the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, other South South Youth leaders under the Southern Nigeria Assembly to urgently call for a national dialogue or summit of selected youth leaders from all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and other critical stakeholders, and the process of delegates invitation is on ahead of 30th September to 1st October, 2019, slated for Lagos.
“Based on this premise, the national dialogue shall serve as a means of urgently nipping in the bud and proffering immediate panacea to the hydra headed monsters called armed bandits/killer herdsmen on our various death points: intra-city and interstates highways, as well as addressing and setting the tone for a robust dialogue on other needful necessities: restructuring and new people’s constitution, economic integration and development, infrastructures, education, food security, youth and women empowerments, peace and security to mention a few”, it concluded.