Afenifere, CDHR react to Buhari’s statement on Taraba Killings


The Afenifere and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari over his statements on the killings in the country during his visit to Taraba State on Monday.

The President had, during the visit, said the crisis in Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State had claimed more lives than herdsmen killings in Benue and Zamfara states.

Afenifere’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin in a statement called on the president to give number of killers arrested and not those killed.

The statement read, “The President exists to protect the lives of the citizens of the country and not to give medals to the most violent areas in the country.

“To be counting deaths in one state more than another state is rather unfortunate. How many of the killers have been arrested?

“To which court have they been charged? I think the statement should not have come from the President.”

Also the CDHR President, Malachy Ugwummadu, said Buhari’s statement in Taraba was a display of political indiscretion.

Ugwummadu said “In recent times, there have been very morbid remarks from the presidency to demean our collective humanity. The Taraba comment is a display of serious political indiscretion; but it is not new.

“It shows a scant premium that we place on human lives in Nigeria. It is a failure of leadership and rubbing salt on our injuries.”


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