The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, has blamed president Muhammadu Buhari’s nepotism for the rise in ethnic nationalism.
In a communiqué issued on Sunday, at the end of its National Executive Committee , the CDHR said the president’s failure and his lopsided appointments, created the problem.
The communiqué signed by the National President of the CDHR, Dr Osagie Obayuwana, read in part, “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.
“General 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 whom who now openly talk of the consummation of the Uthman Dan Fodio Jihad of conquering the entirety of the landmass called Nigeria.
“President Buhari, being an owner of herds of cattle himself, obviously cannot rise above his entanglement in conflict of interest in the Herdsmen/Farmers faceoff. We are not surprised that after the rejection of his Ruga proposal, he has retreated into subterfuge in shadowy manoeuvres.
“Nigerian People from all parts of the country also need to see these issues through this prism. 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.”
On the arrest of #OccupyLekki protesters on Saturday, the CDHR said every Nigerian had the right to protest, calling for the immediate release of all detained persons.