Agatu Killings: Senate blames Boko Haram, not Fulani herdsmen

Displaced women of Agatu in Och'Idoma's palace shortly before they were evicted
Displaced women of Agatu in Och'Idoma's palace shortly before they were evicted

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, said crimes of mass murder across Nigerian communities were committed by “overpowered” Boko Haram insurgents, not Fulani herdsmen.

This was part of the Senate’s resolutions that followed a motion by Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba State) on “the need to urgently flush out Boko Haram insurgents reassembling in Taraba State”.

“The Senate is aware that that Nigerian Army has recorded tremendous success in the war against insurgents in the States of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.

“There is a change of tactics by insurgents who now parade as herdsmen to make it difficult for the public to identify them,” Mr. Bwacha said.

He said many communities in his Taraba South constituency had been deserted, following attacks by Boko Haram insurgents “masquerading as Fulani herdsmen”.

Fulani herdsmen have been accused of mass murder and destruction of farms in different parts of Nigeria, with the latest being Agatu communities of Benue State.

Ado Boderi, speaking for Fulani community in Benue State, said recently that the Agatu people triggered crisis after killing 10,000 cattle belonging to the Fulani community.

Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue State), in his contribution said Boko Haram insurgents were “mixing with herdsmen to cause trouble”.

However, Mr. Gemade lamented the situation in Benue and other states which he said he visited.

He said a community in Zamfara had over 250 people killed by insurgents masquerading as herdsmen.

“As we speak, Agatu is under siege,” Mr. Gemade said.

He asked the government to ensure herdsmen have space for cattle to graze to curb the menace of destruction of farms.

Similarly, in his contribution to the debate, Abubakar Kyari (APC-Borno State), said Fulani herdsmen should not be described as “unfriendly”.

“When Fulani herdsmen or Kanuri are being tagged as unfriendly, it portends danger for the country and freedom to live and work anywhere,” Mr. Kyari said.

The Senate resolved to condemn the killings, kidnappings, destruction of property and farms by “Boko Haram insurgents” in communities across Benue, Taraba, Plateau and other states.

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  • Excisionist

    We have similar problem in Ghana though not to the scale in Nigeria. Activities of Fulani herdsmen is threatening food security in my country. The government has taken drastic measures, deploying troops to flush them out in different places. I don’t see that happening in Nigeria because it seems that they are being protected to the detriment of humans. You can read more by googling “Problem of Fulani herdsmen in Ghana”

  • Okafor

    Blame BH and after, blame ND agitators. They are the handy work of Fulani herdsmen

  • Otile

    Illa Illa Illalh Mohammadu Rasullah. So the Senate finally recognized that Boko Haram and Fulani head cutters are one and the same. More people in Nigeria perish at the hands of the Fulanis than any other factor. Count how many Shiites and Biafrans perished at the hands of Fulani Buhari alone in less than one year.

    • AFRICANER

      Yes, including all the auto accidents, fires, and many other tragedies are caused by them; Nigerians are just too silly to put one and one together.

    • Kallah Bature

      Read my lips…Terrorists dressing like Fulanis in order to give them a bad name, period .Who knows whether you are one of them as your name suggests..Otile(Ole or thief).

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    Fulanis = BOKO HARAM?

  • AFRICANER

    These people are jokers!

    So describing terrorist Fulani herdsmen as unfriendly portends danger to the country? In a sane, and ready to battle country, nobody’s got time to differentiate between these two weirdos!

    Look, in the east, entrepreneurs are inventing, and manufacturing automobiles, SUVs, Buses, and so on…
    Do you know the technology that goes into making automobiles? It includes computers, mechanics, engineering, chemical and otherwise. The government does not boast with these people, and give them the support necessary to export these cars, such as Innoson motors; these people, if they are left to exit Nigeria can make their own aircrafts, helicopters, computers, ships, arsenal, and be competitive with such countries as Britain! Shame on you for holding the country down with your cattle!

    Remember, they can decide to develop their technology clandestinely, with the help of a good propaganda and defeat you in the north this time, soundly.

    You can’t keep killing people, and then talking nonsense. A word is good for the wise.

  • International games

    Why is it that African governments are afraid to allow Law abiding villagers and citizens to Arm themselves for self protection? Why? Why? Why?

    • umolu

      You are right. One major solution is for individuals with no criminal records to be able to buy arms to protect themselves. In Nigeria particularly, the governments both federal and states have failed woefully in protecting the citizenry. This is the No one job of any decent government anywhere in the world.

    • Omotolaaraujo

      You are easier to control if you have no weapons.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Fulanis are Terrorists.

    • Kalla has Bature

      The respected Senators are talking sense with a view to uniting Nigerians against terrorism,and you are still talking nonsense.

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