- Charly Boy and his ‘#OurMumuDonDo’ group have staged a peaceful protest at the Ministry of Justice, demanding that killer herdsmen be designated as terrorists
- The entertainer-turned-activist and his group also want the killer herdsmen to be declared enemies of the Nigerian state
- They pointed out that as the 2019 general elections draw near, there is a need for Nigerians to be assured that they are safe to exercise their civic duties
Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, on Monday, May 14, led his ‘#OurMumuDonDo’ group on a peaceful protest to the Federal Ministry of Justice, demanding the proscription of “killer herdsmen” across Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group is a non-political coalition of Nigerians from all backgrounds who advocate for national reawakening, towards holding leaders responsible and ensuring good governance at all levels.
Legit.ng gathers that Charly Boy said the protest is to urge the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to declare the group as a common enemy of Nigerians.
He said: “We are extremely concerned that the survival of Nigeria is currently being threatened by these killer herdsmen, as innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered in different parts of the country on a daily basis.
“In 2018 alone, hundreds of innocent Nigerians were cut down by this group, and hundreds of communities are affected by the wanton destruction of human lives and properties.
“We, therefore, urge the Ministry of Justice, the nation’s highest custodian of law, to immediately take firm action towards getting the federal government to proscribe and designate the killer herdsmen as a terrorist group in Nigeria."
Charly Boy noted that since relevant government authorities had acknowledged that the killer herdsmen were foreign elements who infiltrated the country, the group wanted them declared enemies of the Nigerian state.
He added that such pronouncement would give security agents the tenacity to fight against them, and also help the nation secure regional cooperation and support.
“We are not saying every herder in Nigeria should be prescribed as a terrorist, because the herdsmen everybody knows in this country do not carry arms and sophisticated weapons.
“Our president had publicly declared during his recent visits to the UK and US, that Nigeria is under the invasion of killer herdsmen from another country.
“It is, however, instructive to admit for effective action and intervention, that there cannot be infiltration into the country by external forces without internal collaborators.
“Proscription of these killer herdsmen and their designation as a terrorist group will give Nigeria greater leverage to seek better regional cooperation and international support to confront this menace concertedly.
“Our security agents will collectively go after them and also investigate their line of funding, to unravel those who are secretly colluding with the group,” he urged.
The group added that as the 2019 general elections are drawing near, there is need for Nigerians to be assured that they are safe to come out to exercise their civic rights.
Charly Boy then handed over a letter containing the group’s grievances and demands, addressed to the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation.
Lola Uket, acting director of general services in the ministry, who received the letter on behalf of the chairman, commended the group for its genuine concern for peace and security in Nigeria. She then assured the group that their demands would be presented to the minister.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Charly Boy took to his Instagram handle to react to a statement made by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed.
His reaction came after the minister disclosed that the government had been in a long ceasefire talk with Boko Haram insurgents.
Expressing outrage, the activist declared that government officials will not end up well; as he pointed out that Army troops had been sent to Nnamdi Kanu, but the government couldn’t do the same for the Boko Haram sect.
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