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“Nigeria risks going Darfur, Rwanda Way”

A civil society organisation has equated the current upheavals in the country to the crisis in Darfur and the Rwanda genocide.

The Janjaweed insurgents have been a major player in the bloody conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, fighting the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.

The violent ethnic conflict has killed between 200 000 to 400 000 civilians between 2003 and 2007 with hundreds of thousands of others maimed and millions of others displaced.

In Rwanda an estimated 500 000 to 1 million were killed during the genocide of 1994.

Intersociety has drawn parallels with Nigeria, arguing the Fulani herdsman risked thrusting Nigeria into anarchy with recent killings of civilians in some local states.

“The recent investigation carried out by the public security and safety department of Intersociety clearly demystifies the pattern of violence and its application by Nigeria’s newest Janjaweed (Fulani terrorists),” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety said.

“The summary of the investigation shows that there exists a strike force or well coordinated military wing, which is well trained and better armed; with proxy and illicit supplied small arms.”

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Umeagbalasi alleged the herdsmen had continuously spread its terror to major rain forest parts of Nigeria and other southern communities, targeting Christian population, who are mainly rural farmers

He denounced the Fulani herdsmen as a terror group.

According to Global Terror Watch Index (GTWI), in 2014 alone, according to GTWI, the herdsmen killed at least 1 229 unarmed citizens.

Between January 2015 and April 2016 it has killed over 1 500 civilians.

“In all these, the Federal Government of Nigeria, led by Gen Muhammadu Buhari has notoriously exhibited its gross ‘unwillingness and inability’ to tame the scourge,” said Umeagbalasi.

“As a matter of fact, the Fulani Terror Group is now a militia arm of the Buhari administration.”

“Finally, we call on Nigerian leaders, politicians and security forces and their chiefs to learn from the calamitous experiences or lessons of the Rwandan Genocide and Darfur Butcheries,” concluded Umeagbalasi.


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