The recent Fulanis herdsmen crisis have been gathering so many momentum for so many weeks now. The given quit notice by the Governor of Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu spread like wild fire to other western states like Oyo and Ekiti State. The popular Yoruba activist by name Sunday Igboho championed the cause of seeing that all Fulanis herdsmen leave the land of Ibarapa in Oyo state. This of course was met with so many reactions and counter reactions from different quarters in the country.
Few days after the South West Fulanis herdsmen saga, the Eastern states followed suit in asking all the killer Fulanis herdsmen to leave their forest reserves and land entirely. This cause was entirely ignited and championed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through a security outfit he created known as Eastern security network (ESN). The shooting duel that took place between the ESN and the Nigeria Army in Orlu Imo state is still fresh in our memory. The shooting led to the lost of some lives while many properties were vandalized. One of such property was a well known Catholic Church which was razed down by fire during the crisis.
With what happened in Orlu community, the Eastern security network through Nnamdi Kanu gave a marching order or quit notice to all Fulanis herdsmen to leave all Eastern states especially Isikwuato in Abia State. With the expiration of the quit notice, the ESN swinged into action by destroying all the houses and cows belonging to any Fulanis herdsmen in Abia State. A video was circulated online to that effect. To stop this violence from spreading further, Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State reportedly gave out compensation money to all Fulanis herdsmen who were affected in the Isikwuato crisis. Ikpeazu even went further in forming a security network called Abia State Homeland security watch to help prevent further occurrences of such in the state.
The South East Governors in response to this Fulanis herdsmen saga have to ban all open grazing in all the Eastern states. But that's not enough for some Igbo communities and the ESN who are asking all the Fulanis herdsmen to leave their lands with immediate effect. Ever since this Fulanis herdsmen saga started, the highest Igbo pan African group called Ohaneze Ndi Igbo have been silent but chose to state their position few hours on the matter. They came out through their National Publicity Secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia to say that they haven't given any quit notice to any Fulani or Northerner to leave the South Eastern region. In their message, they condemned the activities of all killer Fulanis herdsmen who derive joy in killing, raping, maiming and kidnapping people. They went further to advise all leaders in the country to watch their language to avoid inciting violence of any sort. They advocated for the peaceful existence of the Fulanis and the Igbos which has been there all the time until the killer Fulanis herdsmen infiltrated the whole system.
Do you agree with the position of the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo concerning the Fulanis herdsmen saga?
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