Gowon to FG: Stop regarding herdsmen killings as clashes

Former Nigerian military President, Gen. Yakubu Gowon says all strategies at addressing the growing “terror attacks” by Fulani herdsmen in the country must take cognizance of the “one-sided” characteristic of the problem.

The attacks according to him have over time proved to be “attacks” against one section of the Nigerian population and not conflicts as widely projected.

“It cannot be regarded as conflict when defenseless citizens and communities are attacked, destroyed and annihilated at night in their sleep by heavily armed men, and such men almost always identified as Fulani herdsmen, not to mention the Miyetti Allah’s claim of responsibility of such killings and destructions and their promise of more of same,” Gowon said in Jos yesterday.

Speaking yesterday at a two-day summit of Northern Christian leaders on “Sustainable Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria as a Panacea for Development, The Role of Christian Religious Leaders,” Gowon expressed fears that the attacks are particularly targeted at Christians.

He said, “The intensity and apparent selectiveness of these attacks have generated concern that they may be assuming religious connotations and declaration.”

The ex President who was represented at the occasion by one-time military Governor of Plateau State, Rear Admiral Samuel Atukum called on government to end the attacks as they do not only lead to deaths but socioeconomic breakdown of the country.

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