The Njiya-Goron Community of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State has warned that should in case the Government and all the relevant security agencies fail to protect them against the heinous attacks always meted on them by some suspected Fulani herdsmen, they will not have any option than take drastic measures to protect themselves against the attackers.
They accused the Adamawa State Government, the Adamawa Emirate Council, Girei Local Government Council and Girei District Council of taking not action to stop any further attacks despite identifying the arrowheads of the attack and those herdsmen that participated fully in the heinous crime.
“In view of the stated facts, we condemn the lukewarm attitude, belated reaction,and the unholy silence of the state and Federal Governments over the massacre of our people. We equally condemn the sentimental and pathological discrimination against our people”, they said.
While addressing journalists in Yola the leader of the group, Manassah K.Nayangom (Rtd) also revealed that property worth over N2 billion were destroyed and some were looted by the Fulani marauders.
Njiya-Goron community comprises of 13 villages and one among 10 Political Ward in Fire LGA who are mostly predominantly Farmers also dragged the Federal government, the police and Military before the the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) the attacks and Killing of their men.
According to them:
“The graveyard silence, and the discrimination meted in our devastated community in which we were left to bear the brunt of an armed attacks where the Fulani herdsmen plotted and prepare under the watchful eyes of the state and Federal Governments without taking any decisive action to foil it. The said attacks had Left 65 members of the community dead. There were wanton destruction and looting of our properties worth billions of Naira by the Vandals. This left us with no alternative than to run to the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) in order to enforce our fundamental human right,as we hold Strong that, the right to life is a universal gift of God that no race or tribe no matter how strong can lay higher claim to it as being insinuated by the Fulani herdsmen “.
Mr Mayangom who circulated copies of the petition among journalists said the security services and the authorities in the state failed to stop attacks that left 65 people dead in January.
Fulani cattle men and the Njiya-Goron communities have had several minor clashes before the escalation of the crisis with the Fulanis accusing the natives of cow stealing and killing of herdsmen while the communities decrying unprovoked mayhem and destruction by the cattlemen.
Mayangum decried the continued threat to peace in the six affected villages, forcing more people to flee the area.
Alleged plot to eliminate his kins men of Bwatiye ethnic group with the tacit approval of government, traditional authorities as well as security agencies who disregarded all effort by the community to avert the January mayhem.
Credit: Tom Garba, Yola