We are building many houses, we are constructing a dam; we are establishing a Cattle Artificial ilnsemination Centre; we are establishing veterinary clinic and ready, we have started building houses for herdsmen. “My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the northern part of Nigeria to the Middle Belt and Southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban open grazing, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly.” – Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
Twice now, Governor Ganduje has, in a statesmanlike manner, pragmatically weighed in on the Herders/ Farmers’ problem which is threatening to consume Nigeria.
If the Fulani/ Fulani herders’ primary intent is not land grab as was being coyly planned through cattle colony and RUGA, President Buhari should endeavour to build his legacy on the basis so laudably laid out by Governor Ganduje.
He could very well seek the National Assembly’s approval for the Central Bank to arrange soft loans for all the Northern states for this purpose. That way, he would have permanently extinguished the emerging fires being ignited by Fulani and, thereby cast his name in gold, all sins forgiven, in the annals of Nigerian history.
When I started writing in support 9f contestant Muhammadu Buhari towards the APC Presidential primaries in 2014, it was strictly on the basis of Nigerians’ awareness of his personal integrity. I was not unaware then, of his visit to Governor Lam Adesina of Oyo state to protest the killing of some Fulani herdsmen even when the governor, corroborated by the then state commissioner of Police, would later let him know that the herdsmen killed more people than the number of Fulanis killed, just as I have also heard him described as a religious extremist.
Not any of these mattered to me.
I did not reckon with his love of his Fulani ethnic group or his devotion to his religion because I knew that Nigeria was faced then with such existential challenges that needed a General Buhari to confront and defeat. These were in areas where President Jonathan had proved spectacularly ineffective, namely: corruption, insecurity and the economy.
These, incidentally, were the very areas he was promising to restore sanity to Nigeria.
I was particularly enthused by his campain line: “if we dont kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”.
That, coming from an ascetic, the initiator of War Against Indiscipline (WAI) at his first coming as Military Head of state, a minister of Petroleum Resources with no allegations of graft hanging around his neck, and a retired general to booth, I needed no persuading to write that “Nigeria needed Buhari more than he needed Nigeria”.
But would I write that today?
I dont know about you, but like the President’s friend, Pastor Bakare, recently said, President Buhari has disappointed lots of people, myself inclusive.
Nothing will attest to this more than the fact that Lai Mohammed, his Information minister, can now be telling Nigerians that insecurity was worse in 2015 than it presently is. Given the hopes Nigerians had in voting Buhari as president, should that be an argument at all? Should we still have the sceptre of 2015 in our discussionon insecurity at all?
Apart from the fact that his claim is fallacious, why does he think Nigerians voted out President Jonathan?
If Lai Muhammed needs any test as to how far worse than 2015 insecurity has become in Nigeria, I shall not even suggest he goes from Abuja to Kaduna by road, as that will tantamount to certain death, he should go instead, by road, with only his driver, from the same Abuja to his home town in Kwara state. He should then , if lucky, come back to avail Nigerians of his experience, travelling through Kogi state.
I cannot even begin to imagine what a rosy picture of Nigeria he must have been painting for the President.
I am not doing any long write up today. All I ask is this: do those around the President allow him to see newspaper, or other media publications, like the one I am concluding with today? Aren’t they too intimidated to let him know the true position of things in Nigeria today?
If no, aren’t they being unfair to the country of their birth, and to whatever allegiance they may have taken? And if yes, what does the President think of the massive killings we now have all over Nigeria, with most the handiwork of murderous Fulani herders?
If it appears like our armed forces have been spread too thin, is anything stopping President Buhari from seeking external help as President Jonathan did then to retrieve Borno state Local Governments which were under the control of Boko Haram?
If he hates the mere mention of mercenaries, whose contract he allegedly cancelled on his assumpyion of office, can’t he approach our Western Allies for assistance?
Does President Buhari not mind Nigeria being at par in beastiality with the likes of Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen at the height of their civil wars?
Why is the President hell bent in not approving state Police which former President Obasanjo says would make even Amotekun, unnecessary?
Can President Buhari say, with all his heart, that consaingunity considerations play no role in his handling of insecurity? I ask this question because not even when Miyetti Allah confesses culpability in mass killings is its leadership as much as invited by even the Inspector General of Police; a fact that has made the herder killers much more audacious.
And, finally, going at the present pace, isn’t the President worried he may very well be the last President of a united Nigeria?
If dying in numbers daily is what Lai Mohammed calls security, I urge him to read and internalise the following words of I.G Wala, a Human Rights Activist: “If the North is helplessly crying and burying their loved ones as a result of the atrocities of some of them, they should not expect same level of docility in other parts of Nigeria.
The North has lost so much, and still loosing, but not all regions will take it lightly with them. The authorities in Nigeria must act fast in taming what is capable of creating a deadly crisis in Nigeria”.
The minister should know that were the kidnappings and killings daily occurring in the North to be in the South, no Oba, no Obi, nor any so-called leader, would today be sleeping with two eyes closed.
Shame would have since snuffed sleep off their eyes.
Below is the publication which presidential minders should bring to the attention of the President because of its critical importance to the nation.
Insecurity worsens as over 255 killed and 258 abducted in January, 2021.
No fewer than 255 Nigerians were killed during the first month of this year as insecurity has continued to worsen across the country, according to a tally by the Civic Media Lab, a not-for-profit organisation that champions media innovation for civic engagement.
More than 258 Nigerians were also kidnapped during the same period while about 47 persons were injured in the series of violence.
Those Nigerians who did not live beyond January were murdered by different armed groups, such as Boko Haram, Fulani killer herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers and others.
Apart from the long-existing notorious armed groups contributing mainly to violent deaths in the country, the Western Nigerian Security Network, better known as Amotekun, has joined the fray. No fewer than eleven persons were killed by
Amotekun in Oyo State last month.
However, bandits were mostly responsible for the deaths and abductions, surpassing the dreaded Boko Haram that has caused so much miseries in the North East in the over a decade-old insurgency to enthrone Islamic governance.
Boko Haram killed about ten persons and abducted 61 others in January, but bandits killed nearly 141, injured 40 and kidnapped 161 persons. The bandits’ atrocities happened mainly in Kaduna, Katsina, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba and Zamfara states. In Kaduna State, 57 persons were killed while 31 were kidnapped, making the state the most affected in the country.
Zamfara State came close to Kaduna with 57 fatalities and 18 abducted victims. Other states, such as Katsina, Nasarawa and Niger states recorded more than six violent deaths.
Again, 87 persons were kidnapped in Niger while 25 were also abducted in Taraba. Elsewhere, communal clashes caused 14 deaths. About ten persons were killed in Akwa Ibom and four others abducted. In Lagos, Delta, and Abia states, cults and hoodlums caused 23 deaths, with 21 deaths coming from Lagos alone.
Other instances of violent deaths included 12 persons who were killed by unidentified gunmen in Delta, six in Rivers, five in Kaduna, four in Oyo, three in Ebonyi, two in Plateau, and one in each of Nasarawa and Taraba.
Gunmen also abducted 20 persons in Nasarawa, 10 in Abuja, three in Rivers, two in Delta, and one in Edo and Oyo states
All these, and more, is why one Pastor Adewale Giwa of The Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on dealing with hunger and the Fulani herdsmen gradually taking over Nigeria, rather than putting so much attention on COVID-19.
I am sure Pastor Giwa is not alone in that frame of mind as the Fulani herdsmen, raping, kidnapping and killing in the North, East, West and the South south are fast leading Nigeria, unerringly, into oblivion.