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Friday 23 December 2022

Fulani Herdsmen's Massacre Of Enugu Community And The Wicked Silence Of The Government, Media

  Fulani Herdsmen's Massacre Of Enugu Community And The Wicked Silence Of The Government, Media

The armed Fulani Herdsmen have severally invaded and massacred hundreds of men, women and children in Aha-Amufu community of Isi-Uzo  local government area, Enugu State, Biafraland. These invasions and massacres have grown worst and more gruesome within these last months of year 2022.

Fulani Armed Herdsmen, a terrorist sect of the Fulani herders(a nomadic, predominantly Muslim tribe) doubles for the World's fourth most deadly terrorist group, according to 'Global Terrorism Index'. These deadly sects that have invaded Eha-Amufu to rob the community of their ancentral land; an act which has led to the death of hundreds of persons who are Indigenous to the community, plus the destruction of properties that are estimated into millions of naira and still counting. In all, the more shocking thing is the rate of wicked silence maintained at all government levels, and by  media Houses. 

There are about 70,000 people living in the rural suburbs of Eha-Amufu. It is a town where a federal government of Nigeria higher institution, Federal College of Education(FCE) is situated. This institution runs a degree affiliation with the University of Nigeria Nsukka(UNN). Most of the seventy thousand populace depend on farming and are sustained by their agriculture produces. Its borders are shared with the states of Ebonyi and Benue.

The role of some Benue State communities in this brutal activity of Fulani herdsmen since Mr. Buhari seized Presidential power in 2015 is symbolic. It is a place that has had its fair share of vandalism and bloodletting (Agatu massacre as one example), but also serves as Fulani launchpad for making inroads into the Nigerian Old Eastern Region(Biafraland), for the jihadi war of conquest. Like the Eha-Amufu people, the people of Benue are predominantly farmers, without doubt. But these Fulani invaders have become so disruptive, thereby making farming now highly unfashionable and unattractive, leading to food scarcity and hunger. 

The exportation of Fulani violence southward, especially in Eha-Amufu has created a humanitarian crisis as villagers flee. As the Fulani terrorists operate unhindered, socio-economic activities are in danger, including the Federal College of Education in Eha-Amufu, which has drawn considerable development from the local community and the government. A visit to the neighborhoods revealed that there is now no human activity taking place. Markets and shops have been shut down, while stores on the streets are under lock and key. The Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu is empty as all of the students have fled to their homes for safety. Worse still, the Fulani bandits are operating freely, maiming and massacring village dwellers; taking their personal things and possessing their abandoned homes.

The swiftness of the coordinated attacks and the unresponsiveness of the security agencies (including police and army) have led to scores of casualties, with the dead bodies scattered all over the place. These words perfectly describe Eha-Amufu, a boisterous rural and suburban location that is now a ghost town in Enugu State's Isi-Uzo Local Government Area.

According to reports, the communities are completely under siege, with all of the locals now seeking asylum as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in nearby towns and cities. Residents claim that raging Fulani herdsmen had slaughtered over 50 people in the last few weeks. According to local sources, no fewer than 160 people have died in the past two years.

In the midst of all these ugly situations, there has been no military, police or government spokesperson; no ministry or ministerial representative who issued a single statement. The media houses are nowhere to be found either.

This has become a daily and yearly routine. That the rampaging Fulani terrorists nicknamed Fulani Herdsmen will come to this community, aided by Nigerian military, and the whole legacy media will not report it for the world to see what is happening shows the depth of compromise, love for money and rot in Nigerian media. It is very disturbing and shameful!

Written by Obulose Chidiebere

Edited by Chibueze Daniel

For Family Writers Press International

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