Ohanaeze Ndigbo decry demand for N100 billion by herdsmen to end killings in Nigeria


Enugu----The spex organisation of all Igbo sociocultural organisations, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed dismay over reports that Fulani herdsmen demanded N100 billon from the Federal Government as codition to end killings and kidnapping of Nigerians across the country. Ohanaeze spoke through its Public Relations Officer, Prince Uche Achiokpaga, in an interview with newsmen yesterday. Achiokpagha spoke against the backdrop of reports that the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, and other security chiefs met leaders Miyetti in Kebbi State, where the herdsmen demanded the humongous amount as precondition to end Fulani herdsmen from kidnapping, killing and rapping young girls and women across the country. He said that while Sri- Lanka sacked her security chiefs penultimate week for failing to act on security tips it was the other way round in Nigeria where security chiefs hobnobbed with acclaimed insurgents. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stressed that the money demanded by Miyetti Allah leaders was for acquisition of more weapons that would enable the herdsmen to decimate their opponents in the southern and middlebelt areas of the country. Achiokpaga said, "Nigerians are watching with dismay and utter disbelief, the story making rounds of government parley with Miyetti Allah, sponsors of one of the four most terrorist organizations, according to the Global Terrorist Index. "More disturbing is the fact that colossal sums of money (demanded) are said to be premised to them to keep the peace. "The most devastating aspect of this development is the complete and utter lack of transparency, accountability and respect for the laws of the land. "Who budgeted this money being doled out? What is the subhead in the budget? Who approved it? What similar arrangements were made for armless IPOB, South South freedom fighters and murdered Middle Belters? "Have we reached a situation where we have to purchase our peace from terrorists? What about the illegal mining going on in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and other neighboring states? "Has anyone been arrested or are we negotiating with them. Why is EFCC looking the other way. Do you have immunity in Nigeria if you come from certain parts of the country? "Ohaneze is appalled at these recent developments and calls for complete transparency. "In Sri Lanka, security chiefs were sacked last week for failing to act on security tips but here in Nigeria the top security echelon are enjoying their positions, parleying with world acclaimed insurgents and infer criminals and their supposed leaders. "They now want to give them tax payers money in tens of billions with which they will acquire more sophisticated weapons to decimate their marked targets. "We smell a rat that there is a grand design, by the masqueraders, to take over all lands in Nigeria, in the guise of ranching, and speedily islamize with electric dispatch."

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