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Fulani Herdsmen Attacks:. We will mobilise against Buhari:s re-election bid in 2019 – PFN

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has declared that it would mobilise Nigerians to vote against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid in 2019 over killings by herdsmen across the country.

In a communique issued at the end of Charismatic Renewal Ministries Annual Leaders Retreat at the headquarters of the Church and made available to journalists in Owerri, it also announced an outright rejection of cattle colony being planned by the federal government. 

Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Southeast and General Overseer of the Charismatic Renewal Ministries (CRM), Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu urged President Buhari to overhaul the nation’s security hierarchy for more effective performance, insisting that the current security heads have failed in their responsibilities to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.

The PFN was further saddened that President Muhammadu Buhari has not responded to the pogrom in Benue and Taraba States adding that his refusal to visit the affected communities score him very low in his value for human lives. “We feel pained that President Buhari who swore to defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has failed abysmally to discharge this constitutional responsibility to protect the victims of these incessant attacks.  “When a government fail to do what is responsible to do, then the people will reject such government through their votes.

The only thing we do is to reject the second term of President Buhari. We will join forces with the civil society organisations (CSOs) to defend ourselves and in strong terms show them the way out. “Does it then mean that President Buhari places a higher premium on lives of cows than on that of human beings? When the incident of cattle rustling was reported in Zamfara, the President promptly mobilised the military including the Air Force, to recover the stolen cattle and restore order to the area. But when 73 innocent and helpless Nigerians were slaughtered in cold blood, the president did not show adequate concern. “We condemn, in very strong terms, the genocidal and ethnic cleansing attacks on several villages in Benue, Kaduna, Adamawa and Taraba States. We state categorically that the barbaric killings witnessed in Benue and other places were carried out by very well-trained Fulani militia armed with sophisticated weapons who targeted Christian communities.

They are not herdsmen. The herdsmen we have known over the years do not carry sophisticate guns. “The atrocious activities of the Fulani Islamist militia tend to portray them as prosecuting a Jihadist agenda without being actively checked by the security agencies. Ordinarily, one is not permitted to carry a gun without a licence. And even when licensed, one can only carry a single or double-barreled gun, not an AK-47 or machine gun. Yet the Fulani militia members go about with sophisticated weapons and nobody has arrested them.  “Most of the places where the Fulani militia have attacked are Christian communities.

This goes to confirm the assertion in some quarters that a Jihad is going on in Nigeria presently. We condemn the demolition of churches in Adamawa, Jigawa and some other states in Northern Nigeria. The planned extermination of Christianity in these states is unconstitutional and a serious threat to peace and unity of Nigeria,” the communiqué stated. Ilechukwu, however, appealed to Christians and other concerned Nigerians not to take laws into their hands but to be security-conscious.

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