Reps to Buhari: Like Boko Haram, proscribe Herdsmen as Terrorists

By Editor on 14/11/2017

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A member of the House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang, has prayed to the federal government to see herdsmen as terrorists and be treated like Boko Haram.

Gyang, who is representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, lamented the killing of villagers in Plateau state by herdsmen and security operatives, Punch reports. 

He said: “Anyone or persons saying that the attacks and killings in my constituency are a basis for partisanship and politicking must either be insane or is simply being insensitive to the bloodbath that has been witnessed all this while.

“I take exception to such unfortunate insinuations. We must not trivialise issues that have to do with the lives of a people that are being hunted and killed as men hunting wild game. It is indeed sad and very unfortunate.

“Today, one quarter of Barkin Ladi LG and one third of Riyom LG are under occupation by the very persons that were welcomed and accommodated by their Berom hosts. The narrative that the attacks are simply conflicts between farmers and herdsmen is no longer tenable.

“The truth is that there is a quest by the herdsmen to forcefully acquire land and territory for occupation. Under this unfortunate development, the Nigerian state and government, which have the constitutional responsibility of protecting citizens from aggression have left the victims at the mercy of the marauding herdsmen. These attacks have to be profiled and classified as acts of insurgency and treated with the same response as Boko Haram has been handled.” 

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Source Punch

Posted on November, 14 2017

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