Fulani claim 1 000 killed in Nigeria ethnic wars



from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) ARMED gangs have reportedly killed more than 1 000 members of the nomadic Fulani ethnic group during recent inter-tribal clashes in central Nigeria.

Over 2 million of their cattle have allegedly been stolen during the violence blamed on the Tiv militia gang arrested in the Taraba State on Friday.

The alleged violations were committed from June 2017 to this month.

Ethnic violence has also been reported in the Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna and Plateau States.

Baba Usman Ngeljarma, National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), the supreme body of Fulani herdsmen, thus
absolved the herders from accusations that they are the perpetrators of ethnic clashes that have led to the death of scores of villagers.

Ngeljarma said most of the Fulani victims were children, women and the elderly.

“These very unfortunate crises have since degenerated into dangerously intolerable level of killings, maiming and unprecedented destruction of property,” he said.

“More worrisome is the fact that the pastoralist community which has been the main target of the offensive is also deliberately been pointed as the attackers at the same time.”

Ngeljarma said the “horrible” accusation was meant to smear the image of the herdsmen and allow criminal justification to carry out total ethnic
cleansing on members.

He condemned violence, adding the pastoralists shared a long relationship with many communities.

Ngeljarma however bemoaned “misguided and criminally motivated elements” within the pastoralists, whom he accused of indulging in social vices and criminal activities.

“However, these few miscreants do not represent the mainstream of herdsmen.”

MACBAN welcomed the government’s measures to address the violence.

It called for the arrest of culprits and the establishment of a probe to investigate the killings.

The Fulani are among hundreds of ethnic groups in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country over 190 million people.

– CAJ News




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