The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, yesterday condemned Buhari’s initial remarks in the aftermath of the killings in Plateau State, asking him to choose between the presidency and being a godfather to Miyetti Allah.
The group made this known in a communiqué at the end of its General Assembly in Akure, yesterday.
Miyetti Allah has been accused of being behind the attacks. It has also issued a statement saying the killings were in retaliation over rustled cattle.
“It is very infuriating that the president’s response and that of Miyetti Allah appeared to have been authored from the same laptop,” said Afenifere, stressing: “Their reactions did not depict any sense of sympathy or regret.”
The group also rejected the Federal Government’s plan to create cattle ranches across the country. The Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the attacks. Its chairman, Damishi Sango, regretted that no arrests have been made, 48 hours after the incident, noting that the development leaves room for suspicion and complicity.
“It is most painful when they keep referring to the mayhem as Fulani-farmers clash,” he said.
He said: “We are worried that some people have been considered a special race allowed to carry modern and sophisticated weapons to unleash mayhem on innocent locals with impunity, while those who attempt to act in self-defense are arrested.”
It came as the Plateau House of Assembly constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the killings. This followed a motion by Peter Ibrahim, the member representing Jos Barkin Ladi Constituency.
He told the Speaker: “Many were severely injured and a lot of houses and farmlands were destroyed. As I speak, a lot of my constituents are missing and thousands have been displaced since the ugly incident started.”