Worried by the reported numerous attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the country, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on the federal government to intervene before the attacks get out of hand.
Speaking during the sit-out of the group, one of its members, Edith Yassin stated that the issue has become a big problem adding that if it is not tackled now might escalate to crises that can be even bigger than the Boko Haram sect.
“The government seems to be indifferent. We are also worried over the level of proliferation of arms in the country. It has become a huge problem. If it is allowed, it will spread. Boko Haram was mostly in the Northeast but this Fulani herdmen attack is all over Nigeria,” she said.
Also speaking, another member, Aisha Yesufu blamed the rise of the attacks to silence by the government adding that even when there is a response, it was not commensurate with the problem on ground.
“The Fulani herdsmen started using arms to protect themselves when their cattles were being stolen. From protecting themselves, they have turned to killing people. The state failed to do the needful at the time they need to do the needful. If they fail to do so, things will escalate. It is serious. We kept quiet and it is escalating. Security apparatus needs to sit-up.
“Remember that it was the whitemen who were the ones being kidnapped in the country. The government kept quiet, everyone kept quiet and kidnapping has now become rampant in the country. And now this is happening. It started with one or two states, it was curtailed. Now it is spreading.
“We have to be strategic. Our response is not commensurate to the problem. It just pushes the inevitable until it comes back years later,” she said.
The group also called on the National Assembly to wake up to its responsibility and enact laws that will bring an end to the senseless killings in the country.
“Federal government should wake up to its responsibility. We must engage. The National Assembly should put that on the table. This is an issue that we should talk about or it might consume everyone of us,” they said.