OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to declare the recent herdsmen attack in Plateau State which left hundreds of persons dead and many others displaced as a genocide.
The lawmakers who resumed from a three weeks break today also resolved to revisit a constitutional amendment bill on state police after noting that the current security architecture in the country has failed to bring an end to violent attacks across the land.
The lawmakers also urged that an orphanage home be built for the children who lost their parents in the attack and directed the Committees on Army, Airforce, National Security and Intelligence and Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure implementation and report back in three (3) weeks.
The resolution was sequel to a motion brought by Mr. Istifanus Gyang and four (4) others who expressed shock and disbelief at the massacre by the killer herdsmen and described the killings as inhuman, barbaric, ethnic cleansing and genocide which constitute the worst forms of wickedness and cruelty.
Contributing to the matter, the Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila said, “we need to speak as Nigerians because great countries pull together in times of crises” and enjoined his colleagues to proffer solutions instead of making statements that would further disunite the country.
Another member from Plateau state and a co-sponsor of the motion, Mr. Edward Pwajok (APC) said: “It calls to question how eleven (11) villages could be attacked simultaneously without intervention by security operatives. Why would attack continue even after the Vice President and President of the country have visited. Are we beginning to see signs of a failed state”, he queried.
Supporting the motion, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia) gave a statistics of over sixty thousand persons who have been killed in Nigeria between 2001 to date by alleged Fulani herdsmen and wondered why as a country no decisive steps have been taken to put an end to the menace.
She however said the statement by President Muhammadu when he visited Plateau over attack was misleading.
According to her, “when Mr. President visited the people of Plateau, he was saying we should learn to live in peace with our brothers and sisters and on the other breath you are saying they are not Nigerians.”
Additional report by Majeed Bakare