It will be recalled that no fewer than 20 people were killed in Ukpabi Nimbo, a community in Enugu State during an attack by Fulani herdsmen on Monday. The herdsmen invaded the community and set fire to a catholic church.

Following the outcry of Nigerians, On Air Personality, Daddy Freeze wrote about the attack on his Instagram handle. He said that the notorious herdsmen are not only out to get the ‘Igbo’ people but fighting Nigeria as a whole. His statement was in two parts – two instagram posts.

This is First Part:

“I hereby offer my deepest condolence to my brothers and sisters, the Igbo people. The slaughter in Enugu was heinous to say the least, and to imagine that such an act could occur in 2016 is sickening. However, the Fulani herdsmen are not after the Igbo people, like some are trying to insinuate, by whipping up sentiment to incite and instigate people. They are against anyone who doesn’t rear cows. They are a menace and should be stopped by all means necessary, including a ‘shoot at sight’ military order if the situation requires. Nonetheless, we should take into cognizance that not every Hausa or Fulani man is our enemy, and even they are at the mercy of these cattle herdsmen. The Fulani people are estimated at 40 million according to Adeyiga Adebayo in a report. In this report Adeyiga states “some local governments in Benue State were savagely attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen who killed hundreds of people, torched houses, sacked some communities and occupied them. For instance in Ghajimba, headquarters of Guma L.G.A, no less than 25 farmers were massacred.”

“When I brought up this argument on Facebook, a lady tackled me saying “we all know that there are more Christians in Benue.” What about Katsina or Kaduna another portion of Adeyiga write up states

“Again moments before President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent visit to Katsina state, the Fulani struck there killing over a hundred people. On Sunday March 16, 2014, marauders believed to be Fulani herdsmen attacked several communities under Maroa Chiefdom in Southern Kaduna killing over 200 persons mostly women and children, burning many houses, farms and food barns.

Second Part.

“The report by Adeyiga Adebayo sheds light on two potent issue, one being that the herdsmen are not against Igbo people as many are claiming and the other is that the menace is not new as Pres. Goodluck Jonathan was ‘clueless’ when it came to this same matter, evidence of which can be found in the premium times in an article by Professor Iyorwuese Hagar.

Let us keep it in perspective, that a Yoruba elder statesman, Chief OLU Falae was allegedly kidnapped by these same herdsmen. So the war is not against the Igbos, it’s against Nigeria as a whole. This is the opportunity some people have been waiting for to divide Nigeria, and with sentimental manipulation through propaganda, they are slowly but surely getting there. However, if our search is for a solution instead of whom to blame, then we MUST stand together as a country to fight this menace!”

On twitter, some hours after he released this statement, the On Air Personality tweeted – “Please stop blaming President Buhari for the herdsmen killings. They killed more people under the clueless last regime”.

He has since received a lot of backlash over these statements. Some are even insulting his person. One person responded – “think before you tweet or write…when Chibok girls were kidnapped…didn’t you guys want to kill GEJ”

Author: Ope Adedeji