Ezekwesili to Buhari: End killings now

#BringBackOurGirls campaigner, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “stop the daily killing of Nigerians by terrorist-herdsmen now,” stressing that “it is time to act as enough is totally and truly now enough.”

She said “having watched with consternation the criminal massacre of our fellow Nigerians, especially in the first half of this year without any evidence of fierce sense of urgency on the part of your government to end the abnormality, I charged you to ensure that Nigeria must not be changed into a vast killing field under your watch.”

“Stop normalising endless blood flow of even our innocent children in the land now; stop the blood-letting; it is an aberration. Share the credible strategy and solutions of your administration to the daily killings of Nigerians with the people.

“Reveal the identities of all the perpetrators of at least all killings that have happened under your administration in plateau, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Adamawa, Nassarawa, Kogi and other states and the state of judicial proceedings to secure deterrent sanctions. Reveal the identities, arrest and array all suspected murderers in court now,” she said.

Ezekwesili also urged the President to “end the freedom to kill and maim that the Nigerian has handed to terrorist-herdsmen, and commenceeffective investigation, arrest, prosecution and sanction of perpetrators of violent crimes in all affected states now.”

She further urged Buhari to “give justice to the dead now and secure the living in all affected communities; end the ineffectiveness of our security establishments, systems and processes now.”

Continuing, she said: “Stop the seeming troubling endorsement by your administration of the repugnant admission by an organisation that itkills human beings who are your citizens for their own lost cows.

Sanction the Inspector-General of Police now if the Nigerian Police fail to arrest those who allegedly made the recent herdsmenassociation statement and their members who were assigned to execute the so-called retaliatory attacks.

“Commission an urgent independent research and study into the root causes for evidence based comprehensive approach to build back the broken down community peace and security in affected states.”

She added: “Lead a national discussion to agree a market based policyon cattle ranching and grass/forage supplies as a fundamental solution to the herdsmen-farmers crisis. Immediately convene a meeting of all communities affected by terrorist-herdsmen and use your presidential soft power to mobilise Nigerians for sustainable peace.”

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