By Ikeugonna Eleke
Youths of Anambra West Local Government Area, Anambra State, have staged a peaceful protest against alleged continued killing of their people and raping of their daughters by Fulani herdsmen.
The youths, drawn from communities including, Umueze Anam; Umuoba Anam; Mmiata; Iyiora; Ezi Anam; Umuikwu; Umudora; Oroma-Etiti; Anam and Umueme Anam, were joined by those from Igala speaking areas like; Nzam, Innoma, Odekpe and Illah.
The protesters gathered at the Umueze Anam Bridge, the only link road between Anam and Igala communities with the rest of the communities in Anambra State, to register their grievances over the ‘barbaric’ killings by the armed killer herdsmen.
They displayed placards with various inscriptions such as, “Silent killings of our people by Fulani herdsmen in the farms and our villages are still going on”; “We are running out of patience with the violent activities of Fulani herdsmen in Anambra West”; “Farmers/herders clash is a name to play down the heinous killings by gun wielding herdsmen”; “Pushing us to the walls will bring mayhem, enough of the killings of our people”; and “Do not push us to the walls to resort to retaliation”.
The youths, who numbered over 150, held their protest in different groups and locations at the Umueze Anam Bridge, chanting anti-violent killing songs. They called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene to stop further killings in the area.