The Eastern Union (EU), a socio-political pressure group of the people of the old Eastern Region has condemned the recent shoot-at-sight order by President Muhammadu Buhari to the military and police in the South East and South-South geo-political zones.
The EU, in a statement issued from its Abuja headquarters on Saturday, maintained that the president had been unfair to the Igbo, while his administration had always sought opportunities to shed the blood of innocent Igbo people.
The statement signed by the EU National President, Hon. Charles Anike, stressed: “For about 15 years now, the terror activities of the Fulanis in the different parts of the North and now down to the South, under different names had been condoned by the administration.
“In the North East they are known as Boko Haram. In the North West, they are called bandits. In the North Central and South West they answer Fulani herdsmen.
“Now in the East (South East and South South, they are called ‘unknown gunmen. However, the truth is that no matter whatever name they chose at different location, it is the same people.
“They continue to split as they grow in their terror activities and as they split, they choose different names to disguise as different groups of people.”
The EU stated that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government had continued to pretend not to know or patronise these terrorists groups.
It stated that the Presidency had not accepted that they were terrorists, despite the fact that the international community had listed the different Fulani groups as terrorist organisations.
“Despite the killings of thousands, kidnapping of thousands of Nigerians for ransom, and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Innocent Nigerians, this Federal Government has neither reconsidered its stands over these rampaging Fulani terrorists, not to talk of ordering a shoot-at-sight of the terrorists.
“Even those arrested by the previous government were released by the present administration,” it added.
Recalling the Operation Python Dance and Crocodile Smile, EU lamented that the Buhari administration, through the Military, decimated innocent and vibrant youths in the regions for no just cause.
It therefore called on Buhari to stop what he called another invasion of the regions and rescind the shoo-at-sight order given to the military and the police against the people.