👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
Timi Frank, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, has written a letter to the United Nations to demand that they intervene on the ongoing “ethnic cleansing” in Nigeria.
On Saturday, more than 86 people were killed by herdsmen in Jos, Plateau State.
While the President of the country maintains that herdsmen only carry sticks and matchetes, many videos and picture and constant report of killings in the country suggests otherwise.
In the letter titled: “A call for urgent intervention to stop ongoing ethnic cleansing and genocide in Nigeria,” Mr Frank, ex spokesperson of the ruling party complained that President Muhammadu Buhari was “consistently defended them as a group that merely carry sticks and machetes.”
However, he said “eyewitnesses report that the Fulani militants are usually armed with sophisticated weapons and often attack their victims when they are most vulnerable, such as midnights, church services and burial ceremonies.
“They have consistently visited and brutally killed predominantly Christian natives in the North Central Region including some parts of the South and North of the country.”
Mr Frank, who was suspended by the APC before it held a convention to elect new executive members, said if the UN did not intervene “in good time, there may not be Nigeria in the nearest future.”
He said: “It has become imperative for me to once again bring to your attention the continuous mass murder of innocent Nigerians by Fulani Herdsmen without required mitigation from the present administration in the country.
“The tension between Fulani herdsmen and farming communities has existed for many years. However, there has been a dramatic upswing in recent time with increasing brutal attacks and gruesome killings on a daily basis. The impunity and brutality with which the assailants operate, without regard to law and sanctity of life, is both shocking and appalling.”
He adds: “I dare say that the United Nations cannot stand aloof and watch human lives being wasted on such gargantuan scale as being witnessed daily in Nigeria, due largely to the failure of government to rise to the occasion and stem the tide; by doing the needful to safeguard the lives of its own people.
“I therefore, call on the United Nations and the G7 countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom to come to Nigeria’s aid before it is too late.
“We as Nigerians have lost confidence in our security outfits, especially the military as they have shown complicity in the killings going on in Nigeria.
“Questions begging for answers are: Why have they not been able to prevent the attacks, make arrest and prosecute the killers? These attacks are being carried out for hours and no single suspect has been prosecuted? “I therefore call on the United Nations and other world powers to make their own private findings as to what is going on in Nigeria as it relates to security matters. As it is, if we don’t get intervention in good time, there may not be Nigeria in the nearest future.”
Mr Frank’s call for assistance comes days after this paper launched the Enough: Blood thirsty herdsmen must be stopped, a campaign to end the bloodbath in Nigeria.
The campaign launched on Tuesday 26 June, 2018, is calling on the seven Members of Parliament of Nigerian descent to condemn the blood spilling happening across Nigeria and for them to raise the issue in the British Parliament so as to put pressure on President Buhari.