A house burnt at Gashish, one of the villages attacked. Photos by Marie-Therese Nanlong.

NNEWI—MOVEMENT for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday described the killings in Plateau state as evil, barbaric, inhuman and ethnic cleansing against the people of Middle Belt.

Leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a statement by the group’s National Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel also said the killings were  targeted at eliminating Christians in the Middle Belt to pave way for Muslims to dominate the areas.

“MASSOB wishes to condemn the killing of the citizens  of Plateau state by a world confirmed terrorist group called herdsmen. It is so evil, barbaric and inhuman to kill these innocent unarmed citizens because they are Christians who do not share the same religious faith with the killer herdsmen.

“It is regrettable that President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, government has failed to provide the citizens of Nigeria with security, welfare and other infrastructural amenities. Instead, they are using the security agents to intimidate and frustrate members of opposition”.

MASSOB’s statement further stated: “How on earth will such brutal killing of innocent citizens happen without response from any security agent? The Plateau state killings took many hours and there was no response or rescue team from security agents. To us, this is shameful on Nigeria security agents and the  Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“MASSOB wishes to remind the people of Middle Belt to hearken to the advice given to them  by General T. Y. Danjuma  to defend themselves. It should not be ignored. This is time for the Middle Beltans to fight for their coming generations.”

MASSOB alleged that there is a grand plan by the herdsmen whom it alleged are mostly Fulani to wipe out the people of Middle Belt, adding that it is a well calculated ethnic cleansing.

“There is a  grand plan by the terrorist herdsmen to wipe the people of Middle Belt. This is ethnic cleansing at it best.

“Can President Buhari tell the world the difference between terrorism and the action of his  kinsmen who are hiding under the name of herdsmen? The caliphates are jittery because the people of Middle Belt have refused to be used against Biafrans as they did during 1967-1970 Biafra/Nigeria civil wars.

“Have the herdsmen ever attacked any Fulani or Muslim dominated area even once? The areas they have been attacking  in Adamawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Taraba are mostly Christian/non-Fulani dominated areas.”

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