Afenifere accuses FG of aiding genocide
Senate to probe Danjuma’s claim
The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, yesterday rose from a meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, accusing the Federal Government of aiding the genocide in the country.
Addressing newsmen at the home of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the group’s national leader, the Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, attributed the incessant killings by the herdsmen to attempts by some top government officials to carry out “ethnic cleansing.”
He lamented that “the government that declared IPOB that has not killed one soul as a terrorist group is now making excuses for the Fulani herdsmen. They are driving this country on the road to Kigali.”
Odumakin therefore urged the United Nations to wade into the security challenges besetting the country, warning that the comments of former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), should not be treated with kid gloves.
He insisted that it was imperative for the UN and the Federal Government to probe the allegations recently levelled against the military by the erstwhile minister where he accused security agencies of bias.
His words: “We ask the United Nations rapporteurs to investigate what is going on in Nigeria and bring the appropriate international sanctions against the Nigerian government for promoting and aiding and abetting genocidal conduct by armed Fulani herdsmen across the country.”
Odumakin stressed that “Danjuma was taken seriously because as former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister, he knows and has a deep knowledge of the military and could not have open his veins.”
Afenifere, which expressed displeasure that nobody had been convicted over the incessant killings and kicked against government’s seeming nonchalant attitude, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to aggressively end the menace in Benue and Taraba states.
It, however, felicitated with the parents of the Dapchi schoolgirls who were recently released by the Boko Haram, urging the Federal Government to step up efforts to release Leah Sharibu and others still in captivity.
However, the Senate has resolved to probe the Danjuma’s allegations claiming that the armed forces were colluding with bandits in the killing of Nigerians.