Chris Steven, Abuja
The Coalition Against Agents of Corruption (CAAC) has cautioned the group, Every Nigeria Do Something (ENDS) against sabotaging efforts at restoring security and peace across the country.
The ENDS leader, Dr Pererino Brimah had accused Security Chiefs of negotiating with terrorists because they met communities affected by herdsmen’s attacks.
But in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by Carl National President, Linus Ejilogo described the accusation as a new strategy of peddling falsehood against security agencies and their leadership.
Ejilogo urged security agencies to no longer disregard attacks on them by Brimah and his group as mere noise making since it was possible that there are deeper connections between them and terror groups than is currently known.
“The Nigeria Police and the Army against which Brimah and ENDS have mounted constant attacks must find out who their backers are. We at CAAC are concerned that there may be an ethnic cleansing in the offing because of the way the whole of Fulani people were demonised by him.
“We are equally worried at the way he denigrated the institution of the Sultan of Sokoto, both in his capacity as a religious and traditional leader, which we think was aimed at causing outrage that will make the people go on rampage.
“This attempt to foment trouble under the guise of exercising the freedom to freely express oneself is totally condemnable. It is reprehensible for not taking into account the number of lives that can be lost if the violence it was aimed at sparking should go out of control.
“CAAC gives its backing to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase to use any creative and peaceful means at their disposal to stop the retaliatory killings arising from face-offs between farmers and herders.
Our endorsement of their holding peace talks does not however rule out their going after those who murder people in the guise of being herdsmen as directed by Mr President,” the group explained.
It appealed to Nigerians not to allow themselves to be deceived by persons or groups that are out to implement the agenda of other countries in Nigeria.
Chris Steven, Abuja