*Demands compensation to victims
THOMPSON ANYADIKE, Owerri
Business mogul and Executive Chairman of Champion Newspapers Limited, CNL, Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has expressed shock over the killings of innocent Nigerians by rampaging Fulani herdsmen especially the recent massacre of Ibos in their homes in Ukpabi Nimbo Community in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Iwuanyanwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo state capital weekend during a media chat noted that in the past 12 months the activities of the Fulani herdsmen have been of great concern to Nigerians who are committed to the unity, peace and economic development of Nigeria.
The Ahaejiagamba Ndi-Igbo added that this diabolical group has been waging war on many Nigerian communities with the use of sophisticated weapons of warfare.
He regretted that people are being kidnapped, raped (both young and old) killed, houses and churches burnt leaving orphans, refugees or displaced people in their own country, and lamented that the problem calls for concern.
He maintained that Igbos are industralists who travel far and near to carry out their legitimate businesses and contribute immensely to the growth and development of their host communities adding that the people have never initiated any bloody attack on any part of Nigerian, rather they are always the victims.
According to him, the situation has deteriorated so much so that the attacks on Igbos are now in their homes as was the case in Enugu State. He called on the law enforcement agents to unravel the situation to find out if the attackers were actually Nigerians, since over the years Fulani herdsmen have done their businesses and co-existed with other Nigerians without any problems.
He said that the action was a slap on the Igbos who were attacked and killed in their homes and their women violated.
He further lamented that farmers may not put up their utmost best in food production this year due to fear of being molested or killed by rampaging Fulani herdsmen adding that this could lead to low food production.
The matter, according to him should not be treated with levity as no one knows their next targets.
He said that even though the President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspecto-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase and other law enforcement agencies to crack down on the invaders, the Nigeria Police according to him have been over stretched in their services and may not be enough to police and protect Igbo farms and other citizens from the herdsmen.
Iwuanyanwu, who told the media that Nigerian laws did not allow individuals carry automatic weapons, sought to know who allowed the Fulani herdsmen carry sophisticated arms.
He wondered why none of the herdsmen has been arrested, prosecuted, convicted or sentenced, many years after they started unleashing deadly attacks on innocent citizens even as he expressed fears over the tension the attacks is generating in South Eastern Nigerian.
He called on elders of South Eastern Nigeria to take steps to dissuade the youths on reprisal attacks as it would attract negative reactions on Ndigbo living in other parts of country.
The Grand Patron of Ohanaeze youths as well as of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ then called on President Buhari to pay urgent attention and bring the perpetrators to book and adequately compensate those who lost their lives and property in the Uzo Uwani mayhem.