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Buhari’s Silence over Fulani Herdsmen deafening as crisis gathers ethnic divisiveness

The continued failure of the presidency to utter a word about the gruesome killing of over 40 people at Nimbo in Uzo- Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State three days after the massacre is gradually pushing Nigerians on the brink of ethnic divide.

About seven villages in Nimbo (Nimbo Ngwoko, Ugwuijoro, Ekwuru, Ebor, Enugu Nimbo, Umuome and Ugwuachara) were among the areas attacked, with up to ten residential houses and a church, Christ Holy Church International, aka Odozi Obodo, razed. Vehicles and motorcycles were also destroyed and domestic animals were not spared.

For three days, Nigerians have been wailing, expecting some empathy from their commander in chief over the killings of their own, yet, the silent treatment they are getting from the presidency is doing nothing to pacify an aggrieved people.

It was just a day to Monday’s mindless attack in Enugu that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, suggested that the president’s silence on the atrocities being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen was deliberate, adding that he was ‘working silently’ to resolve the matter.

However, Buhari’s silence does not seem golden in this situation as Nigerians, especially of the southern region are beginning to have a feeling that his reluctance to chide the herdsmen is based on the fact that they are his kinsmen.

Whether that feeling is accurate or not is another matter but with pictures of the butchered villagers in Enugu circulating on social media with its attendant emotional evocation, the president needs to get his bum off the proverbial keg of gunpowder.

Read Tweets by compatriots along ethnic divides below…




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