The South East Senate Caucus yesterday warned against what it termed imminent danger and a possible attack on the unity of Nigeria if the Federal Government fails to address urgently the Enugu massacres by the marauding Fulani herdsmen.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Abuja yesterday, the Senators not only condemned the attack, which left over 50 persons dead and scores driven out of their homes, they also called for a summit of South-East and South-South State Governors, members of National and State Houses of Assembly, Socio-Cultural associations, traditional rulers and major stakeholders immediately.
In a statement by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Abia South after the meeting, the emergency summit was put in place to review and evaluate the very scary situation and profer a coordinated response that would ensure the security of lives and properties of their people.
According to the caucus, the summit became imperative against the background of the ominous silence and apparent indifference of the presidency over the killings in Enugu, some areas in Delta state and so many other zones in recent time even when there were clear intelligence reports. The statement read,
“We can no longer sit and watch while our people are daily slaughtered like fowls without even attracting the cursory routine condemnation by the Presidency.
“We are even more appalled that despite the alarm raised by the Uzo Uwani Communities of an imminent attack by the fulani herdsmen and the associated vague assurances by the Chairman of Fulani community in Enugu that such attack will not happen, yet the security agencies failed to prevent the attack that happened two days after the alarm.
“It is disheartening what is going on and somebody has to take responsibility. That somebody has to be the institution of the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”