DELTA – Anglican Bishops in Nigeria have asked the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to balance the equation by declaring killer herdsmen terrorists just as it proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. This was contained in a statement issued by Rev. Edafe Emamezi, Bishop, Diocese of Western Izon at the end of the first session of the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Western Izon (Anglican Communion) held at St. Peter’s Church Bomadi, Delta State.
Lamenting the spate of ferocious attacks and killings by armed Fulani herdsmen across the country, the Bishops noted with dismay that the killer herdsmen and their sponsors have been allowed to unleash more terror on the citizens and host communities in the country. According to the Bishops, “Synod notes with dismay that while the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been proscribed as a terrorist group and been hunted down by the security outfits along with the Niger Delta militants, the killer herdsmen and their sponsors have been allowed free access to unleash terror killing many Nigerians in the process.
“Synod, therefore, calls on those concerned to balance the equation by also proscribing the killer herdsmen as a terrorist group.” Speaking further, Rev. Emamezi said: “While Boko Haram and herdsmen have not been declared as terrorist organisations, it is sad that the government went ahead to declare IPOB and other groups in the country, which are agitating for their rights, as terrorist organisations.
“We expect the Federal Government to take a stand on the killings by herdsmen so that everybody will see that they are not in support of their activities because as it stands, it looks like the government is shielding the herdsmen.”
For: Radio Biafra Media