Ex-legislator calls for collective action against violent Fulani herdsmen

A former Imo State legislator and former chairman, Owerri West Local Government Area, Hon E.E.E. Onyekwere, has written to the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly on the committee recently set up by the house to investigate the contentious issue of the setting up of “Fulani Republic” in Ohafia.
In the letter dated 5th November, 2015 and copied to the chairman of the committee investigating the matter, Hon. Chikwendu Kanu, and some media houses Hon. Onyekwere noted that Abia is not the only victim of the menace of the Fulani cattle rearers.
In his words, “At Irete in Owerri West L.G.A (Imo State), a few years ago some natives were shot” adding that “in all South-Eastern states including Enugu and Anambra, it has been the same experience.”
He noted that the difficultly in identifying the culprits is owing to the fact that “any known group of Fulani cattlemen will always deny knowing the reported perpetrators of recent hostile activity—but refer you to unknown ubiquitous group.”
The petitioner questioned the identity of the herdsmen asking; “are these armed Hausa/Fulani  ‘herdsmen’ not trained soldiers disguising as herdsmen as they can manipulate and control these sophisticated weapons and carry communication equipment to enable them co-ordinate their activities”.
He therefore dismissed the view in some quarters that the herdsmen are mostly illiterate since “they can cram and recite the Koran offhead” and have also “taken advantage of the mobile nomadic education system.”
Hon. Onyekwere then advised the Abia State legislature to seek the co-operation of the other legislatures in the South-East and other States affected by the menace to tackle the problem collectively.

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