UN Envoy Warns On Herders-Farmers Crises
UN Envoy Warns On Herders-Farmers Crises.
• Miyetti Allah denies plot to attack Cross River communities
• Troops arrest alleged masterminds of Chibok school raid
As killing herdsmen continues to attack villages and farmers in Nigeria, it seems they are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier that security agents till date cannot bring justice, or arrest anyone behind the killings… these has most times led to reverses attack on unharmed herdsmen doing their normal business due to the fact Nigerians sees the security agencies taking part for not making any attempt to arrest leaders of these herdsmen, or even when most of these deadly attack claimed by Miyetti Allah group; like to that of Plateau killings and Benue state herdsmen attack, other states within Nigeria. Which have claimed hundreds of lives and render thousands of people to be displaced on daily bases.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary – General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has warned. “Violence between farmers and herders is increasingly a major security threat in the region and risks morphing into the terrorist attacks that have defined the security landscape,” he stressed.
Drawing particular attention to the Middle Belt, he said : “During four days in June , new spates of attacks and retribution killings between herders and farmers in this region resulted in scores of deaths. ”Chambas , who is Head, UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in a report presented to the Security Council, noted that in spite of gains by the Nigerian armed forces and the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin, Boko Haram remained active.
“The trend of Boko Haram using female suicide bombers continues. And reportedly, almost one in five suicide bombers is a child. The most recent attacks on a Nigerian military garrison in Yobe and the ambush of a military convoy in Borno are the latest manifestations of the threats still posed by Boko Haram . “ There is a need for increased support to diplomatic, security and humanitarian responses to Boko Haram in a holistic manner. To this end, UNOWAS is providing technical support for a joint summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on July 30, as called for by Security Council resolution 2349 (2017 ). ”
The envoy said challenges facing the Sahel region must be met with actions that combine politics, security and development, noting that the period under review saw an upsurge in popular discontent manifested through violent calls for political and economic reforms.
“Several countries continue to struggle with justice, national reconciliation and human rights challenges. Among those is the concerning number of high- profile arrests, judicial prosecutions and convictions against political and civil society actors. We must collectively continue to urge member states to provide an enabling environment for the exercise of the freedoms of expression and assembly, which are critical in consolidating democracy and good governance, ” he said . He added that UNOWAS would closely monitor forthcoming elections in Nigeria, Mauritania and Senegal.
Also, MACBAN debunked rumours that Fulani herdsmen were planning to attack the residents of Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State. Speaking in Calabar yesterday, chairman of the association, Hassan Abo, who described the rumour as “ devilish and wicked, ” said: “As an umbrella body of the breeders association, we want to state clearly that we are peace – loving people. ”About the only good news was when Borno State Commissioner of Police Damian Chukwu announced the arrest of 22 suspected Boko Haram members including those who allegedly participated in the abduction of the Chibok girls.