CDHR blames Buhari for rising ethnic conflict
By Abiodun Badejo
President Mohammadu Buhari should be held responsible for the rising wave of ethnic intolerance in Nigeria, the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, (CDHR) has said. The CDHR said Buhari through his policies promote the notion that he stands for Fulani ethnic supremacist which has continued to fuel oil disunity across the country.
The communiqué signed by its National President, Mr Osagie Obayuwana said the National Executive Council, (NEC( exhaustively debated the state of the nation and came out with the verdict.
The CDHR stated in the communiqué made available to Irohinoodua “Again, to the CDHR, the primary culprit is the failure of the Buhari government whose six-year tenure has so far promoted want and deprivation across board for the teeming masses of Nigeria on the one hand, and wealth accumulation for a few, on the other hand.
The CDHR which is the first civil rights organization in Nigeria said Buhari has through appointment and body language encouraged the thinking that his tenure in office is to promote the ethnic hegemony of the Fulani stock; some hawks amongst who now openly talk of the consummation of the Uthman Dan Fodio Jihad of conquering the entirety of the land mass called Nigeria.
The CDHR said “President Buhari, being an owner of herds of cattle himself, obviously cannot rise above his entanglement in conflict of interest in the herdsmen/farmers face-off. We are not surprised that after the rejection of his Ruga proposal, he has retreated into subterfuge in shadowy manoeuvres.”
The group said “Given that the average Fulani herdsman cannot afford an AK47 rifle, it should be clear that it is this cow owing clique that is arming the herdsmen as part of their strategy to enforce their will to get other Nigerians to be responsible for their business expenses.”
The CDHR also called for the release of those arrested and detained in the wake of the OccupyLekki protest in Lagos.