It may be too late by the time Nigeria government and Nigerian security operatives wake up to the reality that we are not dealing with Fulani Herdsmen. We are experiencing pure terrorism unleashed in full fangs against the nation. We have seen this same development when Boko Haram was evolving. People believed and argue we were dealing with miscreants motivated into crime by poverty and unemployment. Fighting and killing Boko Haram insurgents then was seen as affront against the north. “Jonathan government is killing our people” The scale fell off President Buhari’s eye when his car was bombed in Kaduna, and he escaped death because he was in a bullet proof car.
Now the president and majority of the leaders in the north are fulani and that explains the sentiment and obvious unwillingness to deal decisively and crush the killing marauders masquerading as fulani herdsmen. Already they have permeated into every nook and crannies, and you can only imagine what will happen when they start manifesting their agenda in full force. The pampering of the gory and bizarre activities are highly disappointing and the government just have to wake up to its responsibilities. We are dealing with terrorist gangs and every minute of inaction means aiding and abetting terrorism.
The government’s obvious complicity cannot be denied. In fact, the poor handling of the heartless killing activities of the Fulani herdsmen was the greatest betrayal of trust from those who trusted the Buhari’s administration without wavering. It disarms their believe in the suspicion that Buhari may be supporting the northern agenda to Islamize the nation at all cost. How on earth can anybody justify the fact that gangs of cattle herders will mobilize against villages killing, burning down houses, raping women, and dismembering innocent Nigerians. The police and soldiers will witness such carnage and refuse to act. These persons who have the heart to cut women and children to pieces will arrogantly remain in that same community and no single arrest will be made. No single individual will be arrested and prosecuted. And the world watch these happen over and over in many parts of the country and the government refuse to lift a finger against the marauders because the have a right to survive with their cows.
These same scenario is boldly and repeatedly carried out in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Enugu, Jos, Bauchi until they succeeded in reaching out with the pattern of mayhem in virtually every corner of the nation. How can anyone explain that Fulani herdsmen who have reared their cows for ages in various communities will suddenly turn murderous, and boldly parade themselves without any fear of deterrence from the law enforcement agencies? It is unbelievable how government will explain away the perpetration of such carnage with obvious refusal to take action to forestall the repeat of the menace.
One does not need to have any security intelligence to know that the situation is more than cattle farmers struggling for survival. No explanation of climate change effect and its environmental devastation as being responsible for the Fulani herdsmen vs farmer’s crisis. Nigeria is not the only cattle farming nation experiencing climate induced troubles, so why is our own case shamelessly different? Nothing can justify observing a people deliberately killing and overtaking communities under the supervising eyes of a serious government. Every sane person will understand there is something behind it, so long as government refuse to take any action against the criminals.
There are laws against illegal bearing of arms. Weapons such as AK67 by law are supposed to be registered by their owners and bearers. Is there any proof that the dangerous weapons boldly paraded by the cattle herders were registered anywhere. How did they acquire such weapons, and were they procured legally or not? There are laws against murder and arson and why has these laws become weak in its application on the Fulani killers? Does that mean government have no idea about those funding and arming these terrorists we are referring to as Fulani herdsmen? Go tell these to the mountains!
Government’s claim that the rank of the herdsmen have been infiltrated by terrorists, foreign mercenaries are belated because it is what every discerning man knows for long. The experience of Benue massacre was the last straw that has damaged the camel’s back and everybody is up and ready to defend themselves since government has failed in that sacred duty to protect lives and properties. Why government should wait for these level of threat to disunity and another level of potential insecurity under a Buhari’s government is hard to comprehend.
Why is it difficult to have the cattles ranched as done in other nations? Nigeria is not the highest beef producer, so, why must we insist on primitive cattle farming approach that is now the source of deliberate pogrom and senseless butchery of Nigerians? How on earth can government argue that foreign mercenaries have infiltrated the rank of the herdsmen, and at the same time coming up with a policy to establish cattle colonies across the country? That means you are setting up terrorist camps to set the stage for easier overrun of Nigeria by the fundamentalist. That is the suspicion that will make that policy unsuccessful. Cattle herding is an economic activity, let the farmers buy land and ranch their cows.
Again, the tacit condonation of the Mayeti Allah’s proud boasting and threat to attack Benue and actual carrying out the threat in defiance to their anti-open gracing legislation goes to prove the continued superiority posture of the Fulani race as being untouchable. This is annoying, and if government fail to act decisively, the nation may witness a snowballing of crisis of a proportion it least imagined. Nigeria has gone beyond one tribe bestriding its arrogance over others. There will be resistance as we now live in a new age where nobody have monopoly of violence and death provoking arsenals.
Government should take active steps to restore the confidence of Nigerians in its ability to hold the nation together. It should come out clean in handling all forms of insecurity without deceit and bias. It should not be swift and professional in stamping out the Biafra agitators and prove helpless in curtailing Fulani herdsmen killers. Lives and properties are sacred and the protection of every living soul should be a priority to the government. We have become laughing stock to the world who are watching us in these despicable drama. Nothing justifies the denigrating regard that foreigners have of us better than these foolish display of tribal and religious sentiments coming from leadership.
No nation can move forward when its environment is not secured, when its people have no faith in law enforcement agencies, and when the people have no trust in their government. Do you wonder why Nigerians in their thousands will rather trek the Sahara desert and die in the Mediterranean Sea than remain in a community where they will be slaughtered like chicken under the watchful eyes of the government?