Agogo Herdsmen Brouhaha: Samira Bawumia Snubs Fulanis

Fulanis across the country are calling on the international bodies and the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah-Akuffo Addo to as a matter of urgency intervene in the ongoing massacre of cows in Agogo in the Asante Akyem District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

The Fulanis in the country have accused the Military-Police joint operations of been bias and discriminatory in dealing with the issue hence the mass killing of their cows.

Many of the Fulanis who have gathered at Kawokudi in Accra for their press conference, question   the whereabouts of the wife of the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who happens to be one of them at this difficult moment.

One  could remember that during the 2016 electioneering campaign, the then wife of running mate for candidate Nana Akufo Addo now the second lady Mrs. Samira Bawumia travelled length and breadth of Ghana in all villages where Fulani people reside promising them of New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) protection when voted  into office.

A year into office, some Fulanis who complained to this reporter that they have witnessed nothing but attack and discrimination against them and the government sits unconcerned about their plight.

The angry Fulanis have accused the second lady for deceiving them to vote for the NPP in the 2016 electioneering campaign.

Meanwhile, the leadership of Fulanis in Ghana have expressed fears and called on the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to come to their aid.

They said the action of the Military joint police force supported by the government has endangered the lives of Fulanis in the country.

A press statement read by their leader Prof. Osman Barry condemned the actions of the security forces in Agogo in the Ashanti Region Region of Ghana.

He said the killing of innocents 1500 cows worth $6 million has violated the right of animals and could go a long way to affect the country.

He stated that assailants in the surrounding communities exploited the situation by killing and looting some Fulanis of their properties.

Three soldiers and a policeman are on admission at the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital in Ashanti with gunshot wounds after coming under attack by unknown assailants.

ASP Samuel Azugu, Asante Akyem North District Police Commander, said the victims who are part of the “Operation Cow Leg” task force seeking to eject Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from the district, had gone into the bush on assignment when they were attacked.

 

By: Guy Palito

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