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In an opinion article, Samuel Adakole, writes about how the Nigerian government is showing a double standard in dealing with its people. The Nigerian government has named the Independent Peoples of Biafra(IPOB) a Terrorist Organization. They calm that they hold land and are comparable to Boko Haram. At the same time, the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, stated that the Fulani Herdsman activities that have left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displace is not terrorism, but just regular criminal activity.

 

2017-09-25 Nigeria (Vanguard) Was I surprised that the Federal Government (FG) declared the unarmed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization? No! I am only surprised that many Nigerians were surprised.

For those who were surprised, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, cleared their surprises. He said: “All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities, viz: clashing with the national army and attempting to seize rifles from soldiers, using weapons such as machetes, Molotov cocktails and sticks, and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others”.

On the other hand, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, lectured Nigerians on difference between a criminal activity and a terrorist activity. “Yes, some Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang. But IPOB, like Boko Haram, has a territory they have carved out to themselves. They have shown the willingness to invade other neighboring states. They have raised concerns in neighboring Kogi and Benue states (more than the Fulani herdsmen)”, he said. Can we now see why Fulani militant herdsmen, who invade and feast on people’s farmlands and livelihood; who sack communities, burn down their houses, kill natives in their thousands, and occupy their ancestral lands with audacity will continue to get away with it jollily for a long time to come?

Then, a government, which made security of the country its prime campaign promise gleefully tells us that these are foreign Fulani herdsmen- as if that is not the more reason they should dealt with as terrorists. We now know why the Fulani herdsmen brazenly display deadly weapons like AK47 rifles in broad daylight. After all, even the Presidency just told us that IPOB’s sticks, stones, and machetes are far more deadly than those riffles.

 

 

 

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