WITH last week’s massacre of over 46 people in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen, a killing that looks more like the atrocities of the Janjaweed militia in Sudan, and the slow reaction that came from the Presidency, Nigerians again have reason to worry about the future of the nation.
Of late, the Fulani herdsmen spilling of blood from one part of the country to another has raised concerns on the security situation in the country.
In retrospect, Fulani herdsmen killers have unleashed terror for so long in Plateau and Nasarawa states, which led to several losses of lives and properties of the natives. But when the clashes seemed to have abated in that part of the country, the blood sucking murderers moved again into Benue State, where the Agatu community was razed overnight by the nomads, wielding dangerous weapons and arms.
It should not be forgotten in a hurry that a prominent elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae bore the brunt of the Fulani herdsmen when he was kidnapped sometime ago. Later, reports revealed that ransom was paid to secure his release from his captors.
The Fulani herdsmen turned kidnappers are being prosecuted at the law court. As it were, nobody knows how and when the case would be concluded, not forgetting the Obi of Ubuluku, in Delta State who was recently kidnapped by the herdsmen and later found dead in a forest.
Now, the incessant killings by the Fulani herdsmen has moved to the South East precisely in Enugu State, where they killed over 46 people last week.
As the atrocities begin to assume a dangerous trend, I will like to humbly request our leaders to spend a day to read through Prof. Wole Soyinka’s book, The Man died, to see why every Nigerian should not keep silent. They will see the reason why Soyinka who stormed the country last week did not waste time but to criticize President Muhammadu Buhari for his slow reaction to the increasing attacks and killings by the herdsmen. He added that the comments made by the President and the government fell short of expectation and did not provide any assurance for Nigerians.
Since I read Soyinka’s book many years ago, I have never stopped thinking why I should not be silent in the face of such evil. Soyinka’s book is not just his experience, but a vivid description of our failure to act when supposed.
I give a big kudos for Soyinka for remaining resolute is his years of activism which goes beyond any single oppressed ethnic group but to express solidarity with all groups in the world that are targeted with genocidal violence.