An Umuahia, Abia State-based technocrat, Bond Ohuche, has maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in his Oath of Office which included chiefly to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Nigeria and should therefore honourably resign without further delay.
According to him, sending policemen to Benue to tackle the rampaging armed herdsmen was like to treating cancer with Paracetamol, stressing that this had exposed the shenanigan of the present administration.
He contended that by its action, it is now left to the Federal Government to make the plaster as big as the sore.
Ohuche stressed: “It is the duty of Mr. President to take the protection of the lives and property of the people seriously. The security agencies should be proactive and ensure that threats to lives and properties are nipped in the bud before they occur. But, this has not been the case when it has to do with the herdsmen.
“The leader of Miyetti Allah did warn the Benue government that the attacks on the villages were as a result of the killing of their cows and that it would continue. What is the meaning of this? Can human lives now be exchanged for animals? Are we living in a ‘cowtry’ or a country? Is the President Buhari presiding over human beings or cows?
“If Mr. President has not abdicated his duties, why would he send police to confront armed herdsmen instead of soldiers that have better training and sophisticated weapons to neutralise the herders? Are there no more pythons willing to dance? Or, have crocodiles given up their smiles? I don’t think the pythons and the crocodiles would be content only in Abia and South East and unwilling to dance in Benue ditto for the crocodiles.
“It would be inconceivable for anyone within the security circle to claim that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are spirits. They are human beings whose modus operandi is well known and can be checkmated. It is either that there is a collusion with the perpetrators and half truths are being sold to us.
Ohuche insisted that before the attacks, the Miyetti Allah had told the Benue government to modify the state’s Anti-Open Grazing Law or be prepared to contend with them, adding that that would have made the Federal Government’s security agencies to swing into action, but nothing was done.
This, he stressed, is an indication of complicity at certain quarters over the herdsmen’s onslaught against the Benue State communities.
He said: “If you saw the corpses of the murdered villagers, you will notice very deep cuts with machetes, daggers and other very offensive weapons. The murderers did not use guns so as not to attract the attention of the vigilante in the area. So, the whole blame is on the government and the agencies. They should rise to the occasion before the worst begins to happen.
“Let me also use this opportunity to urge the Abia State governor to set up a committee because the menace of the herdsmen has gradually begun in the state. Recently, they sacked a village in Ohafia and another in Bende, where the Secretary to the Abia State Government hails from. The Abia State governor should be proactive and set up a high profile vigilante team alongside the police to protect all the borders of the state before these blood sucking vampires begin their operation in ‘God’s Own State.’