Fudeco receives written acknowledgement of our complaint to the United nations organisation
Following our watershed verbal report to the United Nations on the systematic, persistent demonization, mass killings and discrimination of pastoralists in Nigeria on 30th April 2021, we made a written submission accompanied by evidence (photos, videos, reports, links, media reports etc.). We are pleased to report to our members and partners that we have received a written acknowledgement of our complaint from the UN.
Our report covers concrete examples of atrocities including: killings of old men, children and women, destruction of properties, killing and maiming of cattle, grazing bans, collective punishment, restriction of pastoralists from relocating to states of their choice even when escaping being killed, refusal of public services etc. We submitted details of cases from Anambra, Ebonyi, Oyo, Adamawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Taraba, Imo, Plateau and Niger states. We also reported the unconstitutional grazing bans, a de facto ethnic cleansing of Fulani pastoralists in Benue, Taraba, South-West and the South-East.
We call on all well meaning and seriously minded Fulbe of goodwill to join hands with FUDECO in consolidating and sustaining the gains we are making in fighting for the rights and development of pastoralists in Nigeria. Those who cannot actively intervene are called upon to support financially and intellectually so we can represent Fulbe effectively with dignity once and for all. We are apolitical and interested only in genuine progress of the Fulbe. We cannot make progress if we keep doing things the way we always did it before and rely on ineffective and unsophisticated methods. Pastoralists are facing existential threats by the hour and time for speeches is over. What is needed is serious action. Here below is the acknowledgement:
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your communication submitted to the Complaint Procedure of the Human Rights Council.
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