• Says it’s wrong diagnosis
Chidi Nnadi, Enugu
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has faulted the 10-man committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) to look into herdsmen and farmers’ conflicts in the country.
The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who criticised the committee yesterday, in a statement issued in Enugu by his Special Adviser on Media, Chief Emeka Atamah, described the committee as a wrong diagnosis and panacea to a deadly ailment.
Nwodo wondered how the Federal Government could set up a committee “to reconcile murderers with the murdered.”
He noted that the pronouncements by the leadership of Miyetti Allah were evidence that their members were culpable for the carnage perpetrated across the country.
Nwodo, therefore, wondered why they were not arrested and prosecuted instead of setting up a committee.
“We had expected that invaders, who violated a law enacted by a state in the country, should face prosecution instead of the condescending and patronising stance of the federal government.
“The federal government, in refusing to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crimes in the country, was suggestive of its complicity and bias on the matter,” he said.
The Ohanaeze president general also pointed out that the setting up of the committee was a violation of the courts where such cases of murder should rightly be decided, instead of turning them into mere communal clashes that further encouraged the Fulani herdsmen to carry out mayhem.