By Francis Ekpone
A civil society orgainsation, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government of spreading terrorism and religious violence across the country.
The group stated this in a statement signed by its board chairman, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi; Head of Civil Liberties and Rule of Law Program, Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq; Head of Democracy and Good Governance Program, Chinwe Umeche, Esq; and four others.
The group noted that the consistent abduction and killing of the Christian clergy and unwarranted attack on Christians across the country leave much to be desired.
The group also raised concern on the extension of such attack on traditional institutions as well as seizure and confiscation of lands and other properties belonging to Nigerian Christians and traditionalists, which, they said, are all signs of plotting to actualise the Islamisation agenda.
The statement noted that the federal government, under President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; is turning state’s security instruments against Christians, and warned against its dire consequences.
According to the statement, “Part of state terrorism under Buhari and Osinbajo’s watch “is the act of turning the state defense and security instruments into instruments of highway and motorway robberies such as roadblock extortion and custodial bribery and corruption as well as levying war of weapons against innocent, unarmed and defenseless Nigerians and declaring an armistice, if not permanent ceasefire against criminality and terror.”
“It further involves wrongful accusation, arrest and parading of innocent citizens or those previously arrested and incarcerated for different offenses in place of members of the public, who committed state offenses or crimes of heinous and international nature such as massacre or mass murder, single murder, terrorism, infanticide, depopulation, widespread property crimes, forced migration and genocide.
“Mixed with tribal hate, it was also used in 2011, days after the year’s presidential election; with members of the Igbo ethnic nationality as the worst hit. In Plateau state, between 2001 and 2008, it was used in combination of the Jihadist Fulani herdsmen to attack and massacre the Berom Christians and settlers, including Igbo citizens resident in the state,” it added.
The organisation, which traced the origin of Boko Haram sect and sharia criminal legal system to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonatahn and Olusegun Obasanjo’s administrations, however, argued that this present federal government under President Buhari spreads the terrorist activities by backing the Fulani herdsmen in both practice and principle.
“The Boko Haram version was brought into radical Islamism in Nigeria, particularly, in the northeast and parts of the northwest, following radicalisation by the Jonathan central administration in 2008 and 2009 of the then rag tag Islamic sect, called ‘Boko Haram’; in a trap set by radical elements within the northern political class.
“The Obasanjo administration had earlier, in 2000, compromised and undermined the Nigeria’s constitution in its Section 10, by allowing the same northern radicals led by the then governor of Zamfara state to adopt Sharia socio-criminal legal system, which was later adopted by eleven other 12 northern states.
“The government,” the statement continues, “now fully spreads and escalates terrorism by way of policy and conduct, backing of Fulani Jihadism to all sections of the country comprising northwest, northeast, north-central, southwest, south-south and southeast. In the past one week of this month of August, 2019, the menace of Fulani Jihadists has risen to an apogee.
“Along the Enugu-Igweocha (Port Harcourt) Road, a former commissioner in Abia state was shot within Isuochi-Enugu axis. The traditional ruler of Obom Agbaogwugwu in Awgu LGA of Enugu state, HRH Sunday Orji; and his beloved queen mother, were also abducted along the same Enugu-Igweocha (Port Harcourt) Road; and in the same area, a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Paul Offu, was abducted and murdered on a fateful Tuesday.
“The Buhari-Osinbajo government is dangerously laying intractable landmines in Nigeria. The government is also making Islamic religion very hateful and unacceptable to its would-be peaceful adherents.
“Is the administration too daft enough not to know that there are over 1000 versions to modern violence and nobody has a monopoly of same? Is it not correct to say or conclude that the administration traveled to Rwandan in April not for remorseful commemoration of its tragic genocide of 1994, but to replicate same in Nigeria; if not now, then, in the near future?” the statement concludes.