Leading Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere has decried the perceived ‘insults’ from the Northern Governors Forum, NGF, over herdsmen assaults.
Speaking through their National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the group lamented the inhumanity and callousness spewed out by the governors.
The statement by Afenifere said in part: “The northern governors’ position] is a sign of unfeeling, uncaring for any group today to come out and say that those who have been causing problems and killing people in the Middle Belt and the South are not Fulani herdsmen.
“They have killed in Agatu land, Enugu; a traditional ruler was killed in Delta State; they killed Chief Olu Falae’s guard and also kidnapped Chief Falae himself.
“For some people to gather and call themselves northern governors, and have no sympathy for lives than to be defending the Fulani herdsmen, shows clearly that it is a tragedy of monumental proportion to be in the same country with these elements.
“You also begin to wonder if the blood of human beings runs in their veins because anybody that has human blood running in his veins will not come and say that Fulani herdsmen are not responsible.
“What nonsense!”
The Afenifere spokesperson went on:
“I think the northern governors should bury their heads in shame. I do not think they are fit to be in the comity of civilised human beings.
“If the attackers are not Fulani herdsmen, where have they struck in the North-West?
“Why are their activities only in the Middle Belt and in the South?
“That is the question these northern governors should answer.
“When militants were blowing up pipelines in the South-South, were they not called Niger Delta militants?
“Do they want us to call them Yoruba herdsmen?”
The group, therefore, warned Northern leaders to put a leash on their militants before their atrocities spew out of proportion.
According to the group, the consequences will be detrimental to the well-being of the country as a whole.

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