An elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has the federal government to investigate sources of weapons acquired by the Fulani herdsmen used to unleash terror on Nigerians.
He gave the advice at weekend in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while briefing newsmen, and expressed worry that no law in the country had permitted any individual to possess automatic rifle off any kind.
He observed that the Fulani herdsmen have attacked some Nigerian communities with sophisticated weapons and other weapons of modern warfare, stressing that slaughtering of people in most brutal manner should be a source of concern.
He described the unprovoked attack on the people of Ukpabi Nimbo, in Uzouwani council area of Enugu State by the Fulani herdsmen as painful, stating that the Igbo people have been attacked in the past across the country on flimsy execuses.
“Since the history of this country, the Igbo people have never initiated a bloody attack against any part of Nigeria. On the other hand, they have been attacked in places on very flimsy reasons. The matter has deteriorated to a situation where the Igbo people are been attacked, slaughtered, dispossessed, their women raped in their homeland by the group alleged to be Fulani herdsmen. The recent attack in Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State is very painful to Nigerians, and to Igbos, in particular.
“By our culture and tradition, the greatest injury one can inflict on an Igbo man is to attack him and kill him in his home. It is even worst when his property is destroyed, some lives are lost, their women brazenly violated. Attack on any Igbo soil is an attack on Nigeria and an impunity on the peace-loving Igbo people.
“This matter should no longer be treated with levity but regarded as a matter that can seriously affect the peace, unity and economic progress of this country, which all of us are trying to achieve. Most of the people in these areas are afraid to go their farms for fear that they may be killed, kidnapped or raped by this group, resulting to poor agricultural production in Igbo land.”
He regretted that since the invasion, kidnapping and raping by the Fulani herdsmen began no arrest or prosecution or conviction has been made against any of them.
According to him, the herdsmen are not really Nigerians, because their behaviour was completely strange, since the Fulani herdsmen have co-existed peacefully with other Nigerians.