Nigeria risks after civil war if the killings by Fulani herdsmen are not stopped immediately, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South West region, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, has warned.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to stop at nothing to halt the killings in the interest of national peace.
Atilade, who described the killings as worrisome, said endangered ethnic groups might be compelled to resort to self defence if they government does not arrest the situation.
According to him: “It is so sad and unfortunate that a section of businessmen from a part of the country have become unstoppable in their determination to kill.
“It is even more unfortunate that government has not given the situations the required urgency and attention. If care is not taken, we might experience another civil war at the rate things are going.
“This is because the ethnic groups will soon take to self defence and starting arming themselves. It means the next time the herdsmen attack them, there would be more casualties on both sides.
“Once people get the feeling the government can no longer protect them, they will take to self-help. That is the perfect recipe for another civil war.”
He advised Buhari to rid himself of any sectional sentiment or feeling to tackle the menace headlong, saying “he should be President of all, not act as President of the Fulanis or the north.”
Atilade, who is also the President of Gospel Baptist Conference in Nigeria and Overseas (GBCNO), said security forces must not only stop the killings but punish the perpetrators.
“How come no Fulani herdsman has been arrested till date? Are they ghosts that are invisible? Until we arrest and prosecute them, we have not done justice to the matter,” he further stated.
He also called on the President to free himself from real and imaginary cabal, saying there are too many talks of some people holding him to ransom.
“Even his wife said the same thing the other day. The President has to get rid of these people who are bent on destroying the nation on the altar of personal interest.
“They have formed a protective shield around him and misinform the President on the true state of things,” he lamented.
Atilade also joined calls on Buhari not to seek reelection in 2019.
“He should consider his health first and foremost. It is a sheer miracle God rescued him the other times. It is in his interest and that of the nation for him to turn down those calling on him to contest again next year,” he stated.