PMETHODIST PRELATE KIDNAP: SOLDIERS, FULANI HERDSMEN KIDNAPPERS SNUB GOV. IKPEAZU EVACUATION ORDERS.
Approximately two weeks after Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu ordered the evacuation of Fulani herdsmen from all forest areas within the state, there appears to be zero compliance.
Eye-witness accounts especially, within the Umunneochi Local Government Area—where Methodist prelate, Samuel Uche Kalu, was kidnapped — report the continuous roaming of cattle-herding Fulani boys within the area.
Recall that Prelate Samuel Kanu, in his post-release press interview, described the modus operandi of Fulani herdsmen, as nomads who parade the community with their cows by day and take up arms by dusk and kidnap.
The prelate also confirmed fears, as disclosed by his abductors, that there is a concerted effort by the radical Jihad-centric Fulani herdsmen to Islamize the entire territory of Nigeria through widespread terrorism and heavily sponsored violence.
Ikpeazu’s order, if matched with action, will mark the first step toward frustrating such an effort. It appears, however, that the words of the fibbing incompetent squandermania mean nothing as the governor to foreign terrorists within his territory.
It would be interesting to note that Ikpeazu had earlier lied to pressmen that the release of Prelate Samuel Kanu was courtesy of the efforts of security operatives.
Nothing can be farther from the truth than this, disclosed Prelate Kanu, who added that his abductors let him go because his church members had painstakingly rallied together under 48 hours to raise a requested N100 million ransom.
With a network of dilapidated intra-state roads, deplorable educational facilities, years of pension arrears unpaid, and state civil servants hanging in limbo, Ikpeazu may have added another feather of failure to his disastrous reign as governor by displaying powerless cowardice in the face of emboldened Islamic terrorists masquerading as cattle herders.
The lecturer-turned-governor must rise to the urgency of the lurking terrorism and salvage Abia state from another looming territorial calamity.