Saturday, August 27, 2016

Herdsmen Attack: MASSOB Blasts South East Govs, Says They Are WEAK

Irked by the recurring killing and maiming of villagers in Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen and the seeming hopelessness of the security architecture in the state, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, described the governors of the South-eastern states as weak and incapable of performing the primary function of governance.

It said that had the governors established a pan-Igbo security outfit in addition to conventional security agencies, the South East geopolitical zone, would have been better protected against rampaging herdsmen. Continue...

This assertion was predicated on the fact that the governors of Ekiti and Abia states, had while responding to the activities of the herdsmen, promulgated laws aimed at checkmating their unwholesome movements. Specifically, the Ekiti State House of Assembly passed a bill banning free cattle grazing in the state, while Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had ordered the revival of the moribund state-owned vigilante group, the Abia State Vigilante Services ,AVS, to enhance community policing.These, among others, were the measures many told Saturday Vanguard, had long been expected of Ugwuanyi, who had experienced series of devastating attacks on Enugu communities by herdsmen in the last four months.

In a statement by its leader, Mr. Uchenna Madus, said: “We blame Igbo leaders for these unchallenged confrontations, unwarranted and cowardice killing of our people by Fulani herdsmen in our own land. “The known enemies have the effrontery to commit this sacrilege today against Ndigbo who they were afraid of during Nigeria/Biafra war because Igbo political, religious, opinion leaders are afraid of Buhari.

“Until Igbo leaders wake up from their slumber and understand the efficiency, efficacy, and potency of Igbo-based grassroots organizations including the Biafra agitating groups who are committed to Ndigbo, Igbo land will continue to experience more devastating attacks. “Why should Igbo governors continue to rely on the security personnel in their states, spending millions of naira on them while neglecting groups that can ensure security in Igbo land?”