The Social Media Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie has described generalization of Fulani ethnic group as criminals, as an act of evil and fishing for trouble.
Mrs. Onochie, while stating this on her twitter handle on Monday, added that those seeking change of government should wait till 2023.
Her statement was a reaction to a statement by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) on the eviction order issued by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Mrs Onochie on her post titled “LET COMMONSENSE PREVAIL” wrote “Who can argue with Rotimi Fashakin ?
“Who has a counter argument against Femi Falana?
“If Adeleke, Ayodele and Iyabo commit crimes in any state, Adeleke, Ayodele and Iyabo alone would usually be arrested and charged. Not the Yoruba nation.
However, when the criminal is Musa, Aliyu or Ibrahim, the whole Fulani nation is guilty. Sometimes. Fulanis who have lived in the area for decades, are made to suffer the consequences of crimes committed by others. Why is this? They are Fulanis, President Buhari’s ethnic group.
“If there’s an ethnic or community clash where lives are lost and properties, destroyed, we pick and choose which to attribute to community clash and which to lay on the doorsteps of the Fulanis, President Buhari’s ethnic group in order to satisfy the craving for more bitterness and hatred towards President Buhari.
“There’s no tribe that is free of bad eggs. But criminalising an ethnic group because you don’t like President Buhari’s face, is nothing short of evil and fishing for trouble.
“It’s a devious game that has been on for a while now. There has been a recycling of “issues” under this government, to the point that those who benefit from the chaos have not noticed the strides this government has made.
“They had asked for, no, Demanded restructuring. The President has no power to alter the constitution of the Federation so he did what’s within his power. Restructuring now means that Governors have been given back their powers and authorities as the chief security officers of their states. No one is breathing down on them nor threatening state of emergency in any state.
“After restructuring, they moved to Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram. Then an international “ombudsman” organisation, released statistics showing that in spite of security challenges, Nigeria is safer under this government than the previous.
“They then moved to the economy. Most of their criticisms were not evidence-based. With the Pandemic and a downturn in the world economy, the IMF announced that Nigeria had moved from the 46th to the 25th best economy in the world while still maintaining her first spot in Africa. This angered them.
“They didn’t give it a mention. It was not what they wanted for Nigeria and Nigerians. They wallowed in a mud of disappointment. They are now back to restructuring and Fulani herdsmen. They decided that the two topics wailed together, would make more impact.
“Although they have refused to take their liberty, local government councils, state houses of assembly and state judiciaries have been granted autonomy through executive orders signed by Mr. President. What more can he do!
“Those threatening mayhem must calm down, take a deep breath and remember that this is the only nation we can truly call, “ours”. The ballot box is usually, the best way to change a government. That’s in 2023.
“Let common sense prevail.