A civil society group with a focus on global peace, security and public safety has cried out over imminent and looming civil war in the country.
The group under the umbrella of Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPLRI), feared that another civil war may be looming except something urgent was done by both authorities and stakeholders to stop the trend of killing in Nigeria.
It also called on regional security outfits to bury the thought of defeating terrorists alone, saying they must work in close synergy with the military and other security agencies, to achieve the collective aim.
The group also expressed concerns over the high rate of crimes across the country specifically attributed to the Fulani herders which has caused ethnic tensions.
In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Amb. Melvin Ejeh, on Wednesday, the group further raised alarm over possible invasion of parts of the country by suspected foreign militia herders, who have continued to kill, kidnap, rape, maim and carry out other forms of bestial activities.
Amb. Ejeh’s fears the statement said is not unconnected with the trending video of abducted passengers of Niger State Transport Authority, NSTA, where their abductors believed to be foreign Fulani militia displayed modern sophisticated arms around their victims.
The statement recalled that the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai had on Monday, expressed fears over the bold attitude of perpetrators of crimes to confront troops and other trained security personnel.
It added that the video of the bandits seen with the abducted victims depicted a country partly controlled by foreign invaders.
“Civil war is looming in the country if nothing is done urgently. Nigerians must stop the blame game, irrespective of ethnic, political, and religious differences and solve this problem at once.
“The depraved nature of the armed militia herders give an indication that they are not indigenous Fulani, who are known to have lived peacefully for ages with their host communities across the country.
“The foreign invaders have an agenda to loot while instilling fear in their victims, with a view to actualising their objective,” the advocacy group said.
While wondering where they derived the boldness and audacity to attack soldiers and other security operatives on patrol, ambush and other operations, the coalition called for vigilance.
This was as it added that, as part of holistic measures to contain the rapacious activities of the violent herders, regional blocks, individuals and groups must bury their differences and close ranks, in recognition of the fact that what is happening is an attack on our collective being, and not on any particular ethnic group.
The group also charged both federal and state governments to pay more attention to the potential threat posed by these militiamen, saying the development had the potential of hurting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
The peace advocates regretted that the foreign herders were allowed freedom of action to carry out their blood-letting campaign in a country regarded as the “giant of Africa”, whereas smaller countries in the sub-region have been able to successfully ward them off, thereby guaranteeing their peoples security and public safety.
“At no time in recent history has the need to close ethnic, religious, political and ideological differences, been as immediate and urgent as now,” the group added.
They urged the Armed Forces of Nigeria
(AFN) and sister security agencies to review their intelligence and operational mechanisms, in order to save the country from external attacks.
It also tasked Nigerians to desist forthwith from profiling ethnic groups and tribes, knowing that criminal elements exist among all races.
“Both national and sub-national governments must intensify efforts at taming the growing ethnic tension across the country, as nations hardly win two-pronged battles”.
It said: “While the buck stops on the desk of Mr President
to address the security challenges using state apparatus and resources, all hands must be on board to solve the problem.”