“Killing Of Igbos By
Fulani Militia Invitation For
Another Civil War” – Archbishop
By Ogbonna Casmir,
Enugu-The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria Anglican
Communion, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma has described the
massacre of the people of Ukpabi Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local
Government Area of Enugu State by Fulani Militias as an invitation for
another ‘civil war’.
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The highly respected clergyman regretted that even when the security
agencies in the state were aware of the planned attack on the peace loving
community by the Fulani Herdsmen yet they were not alert to avert the
Archbishop Chukwuma who said he had received numerous calls all over
the world while addressing press conference yesterday over the
unwarranted killing of Enugu people called on the federal government to
declare an emergency against the menace of the Fulani herdsmen all over
Nigeria and put an end to the senseless killing of innocent Nigerians.
Describing the menace of Fulani Herdsmen in the South-East (Igbo) as Boko
Haram in disguise said is high time President Muhammad Buhari should
speak out or we will have no other alternative than to retaliates and attack
the Fulani Herdsmen and ensure that they are completely out of Igboland.
He said: “the killing of people of Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Monday the 25
April, 2016 is a big shock in the sense that the security operatives were not
alert to avert it even when some of them were aware. Information
gathered was that they came around 4 am and started firing and killing the
villagers and over 27 people were killed and the bodies are at Bishop
Shanahan Hospital mortuary, Nsukka; so many people were injured and
their houses destroyed.
“What we are wondering therefore is what the federal government is doing
about the Fulani herdsmen menace in the whole country. We totally
condemn this act, it is condemned, unacceptable and we say the federal
government must speak and do something or else this is calling and
breading for civil war against the Fulanis.
Calling on Igbo governors to arise to the occasion and condemn Fulani
menace and do something to put an end to the killing, rape of women,
kidnapping, destruction of farmland and crops which has become a regular
occurrence, Archbishop Chukwuma warned that their failure to do so, they
would mobilize the youths, the MASSOB, the IPOB to be up and doing and
exact their energy in declaring war against the Hausa/Fulani in Igboland.
“We cannot continue this way because this is Boko Haram in Igboland and
cannot be accepted. We can no more tolerate this act; it is unfortunate that
it is happening and we condemn it”.
He called on every church leader, all politicians in Igboland to rise up and
cry out against it and ensure that Fulani menace is totally stamp out in
Eastern Nigeria particularly in Enugu area where their activities are
becoming something else.
“I therefore call on Mr. President to do something. What happened in
Agatu is again being spread to other areas and this is breeding serious civil
war that is very much in bridge of peace and I fill that is an insecurity that
is very much against in the cardinal agenda of APC”.
The clergyman stated that unless live is secured there will be no
meaningful progress in this country, however, called for total investigation,
arrest of the people who have caused this high tone of death in Uzo-Uwani
before things get out of hand.
Chukwuma who said he is surprised and shocked that despite the meeting
for dialogue with Fulani leaders with the State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi barely two weeks at the government house, they still planned,
attacked and killed scores of people. “If nothing is done to curb the
activities of Fulani Herdsmen, we are going to mobilize our people with
‘Ogunigwe bomb’ to face Fulani people and that is going to another war if it
is not arrested quickly and quietly.
“Even though we don’t want war but the way is going, if care is not taken is
going to be another war which nobody can avert because we cannot fold
our arms and wait to be killed for nothing. We have to defend our land and
the governors have to step up security to defend this territory before it
gets out of hand. People are stubborn they don’t want to yield to appeal
and if therefore they don’t want to yield to appeal we will match then force
On the killing of Monarch in Delta state by Fulani herdsmen, he called on
the northern leaders to intervene and do something or Igbos would leave
with no other option than to retaliate.
“I have lived in Bauchi and I have not seen where cows are roaming
around anyhow in the farmland, they are controlled. Why is it that when
they come down here they will start to cause menace. If the northern
leaders don’t fill concerned about it then, we shall deal with these Hausa/
Fulanis and make sure that we get them out of this area.
“It is either Nigeria must be one or we disintegrate and go our ways. And
we are saying that they cannot do whatever they like in this area and the
security men too have to be cautioned. They shouldn’t do selective
negligence. They should do their work without fear or favour and bring to
book those who are culprits and failure to do that, we shall lose confidence
in our security men and when we lose confidence therefore, we shall
release our boys out to deal with them violence for violence.”
Archbishop Chukwuma however, warned against pushing Igbos further
stressing that if it gets to that point the security men should be held
responsible because they are not doing their work.
On the N100 billion grazing reserve project proposed by the federal
government to be built at all over the country, he described it as rubbish.
“That is rubbish because it is not the priority and it should be definitely
stamp out of our arena. Why is the government giving them that type of
privilege which to me the privilege is nonsense.
“I think Federal government is trying to be selective and is not going to
work just as the Alamajri control never worked. Former President, Jonathan
did everything to put Almajiri off the road. He spends money to build
schools for them but is they not back on the road? Even if the federal
government spends the entire budget on Fulani cattle rearers they will get
out of the place because they are wanders that need to be cautioned.