Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, condemns northern governors’ plan on Fulani herdsmen

Nasir Ahmad ElRufai
Nasir Ahmad ElRufai

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, has condemned the proposal by the Northern Governors Forum, NGF, to open a register for immigrant Fulani herdsmen it earlier described as aliens and threats to Nigeria’s internal security.

Chairman of the Northern Governor’s Forum, NGF, Kashim Shetima of Borno State, told journalists in Kaduna on Tuesday after the forum’s meeting that it would work with relevant authorities to secure Nigeria’s borders and register Fulani immigrants entering into the country to rear cattle.

The chairman of the forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno, spoke at the end of the forum’s meeting in Kaduna, on Tuesday.

According to him, the governors knew that most of the herdsmen involved in killing Nigerian farmers were immigrants from Senegal and Mali.

“We also mapped out new strategies that would be used by the local Fulani herdsmen to rear their cattle without having to move across the country,” he had said.

But a statement by the group Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, on Friday, slammed the northern governors for denying culpability of herdsmen in killings in the country, and for defending them.

“ARG also notes that herdsmen currently constitute a huge threat, not only to lives, but also to food security in Southwest,” the statement read.

“Our people, who are largely smallholding farmers, cannot work at their full capacity, living at the mercy of cows and conniving policemen.

“This has aggravated the sweeping poverty in Nigeria and has displaced many of our people. Nigeria’s socioeconomic indices is clear that farmers, not herdsmen, should get higher priority from government, being a higher employer of labour, higher contributor to tax, FOREX earning and GDP.

“ARG is therefore gravely concerned that state governors who swore to protect Nigeria’s constitution are the ones promoting alien interest.

“Or what logic is there in opening a register for agents of external aggression? It is shameful that the NGF could not even pretend and hide its readiness to sacrifice the rest of Nigeria for Fulani interest in its veiled reference to ‘national integration and cohesion’ as the solution to herdsmen menace.”

The group blasted the Kaduna Governor, Nasir Elrufai, for his recent comments on Aljazeera TV that herdsmen who were responsible for the deaths of Nigerians must be accommodated because Nigeria is signatory to ECOWAS’s treaty on trans-humane pastoralist protocol.

It queried why ECOWAS treaties are only obligatory where it concerns Fulani interest as there are other treaties that Nigeria has ignored.

The group also cited the recent ban on car importation through land borders which Comptroller General, Hameed Ali, said to have been done to stop influx of illegal arms.

It wondered why the policy could be implemented swiftly, at great economic loss to Nigerians and despite a Senate order against it, whereas nothing has been done to disarm herdsmen who freely roam about with sophisticated weapons.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Nigerian authorities will not address the menaces of Fulani herdsmen as should be done in a sane country and NGF’s latest proposal therefore remains to be seen as a workable idea,” the statement said.

“This further shows that ethnocentric interest, rather than the Rule of Law, governs Nigeria.”

ARG stressed that the only workable solutions were to outlaw open grazing, arrest and prosecute arms-bearing herdsmen, and promote ranching systems.

“Farmers are paying for land use, why should herdsmen not? Conversely, if herdsmen are justified to bear arms, why should farmers not do same?” the group queried.

“ARG therefore hold the view that should herdsmen continue to get higher priority, our farmers would be right to resort to self-defence because where injustice becomes a law, resistance becomes a duty.”


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  • Easy, easy, oh we’re all share holders in this nation.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      Abi

  • oche

    Thumbs up to this group, i totally agreed with you Guys: If herdsmen could go around with AK47 why can’t Farmers defend themselves.

  • AbdulHamid Adiamoh

    Great soundbites. However, the problem with the Afenife-whatever group is that they’re only good at talk. In my view, it’s very easy to stop the menace of the marauding Fulani herdsmen by arming the threatened farmers. It’s just as simple. These Fulani criminals are usually outnumbered and their only strength are the arms they bear. Once they are aware that their potential victims are also armed and ready, the problem is half-way solved.
    I will be the first to admit that this is the worst possible solution, but given the obvious complicity of the Nigerian political leadership, led by a president who himself has at least 300 cattle which he values above Nigerian lives, self defense becomes both necessary and obligatory.

    • Yego V

      Since the days of maitastine, 8o’s I advocated same. In a situation where a governor aligns with his fellow Foreign Fulani tribesmen, to the extent of using tax payers money and pay the herdsmen , as he claims , compensation; there’s only one way to respond : Eye for an eye

  • vay

    Nice one,where injustice becomes a law,resistance becomes a duty. It’s no more a news Hausa/Fulanis are evil,they are cancerous that shouldn’t be ignored but be rooted out

  • Julius

    Market dey ooo, unlike where the same herdsmen who ( terrorists) went on a killing spree in some backyard and nothing happen but, mouth, mouth on the internet.

    • Arogbo

      You no lie my brother. Na so so mouth dem get. Very soon they will start protesting for Donald Trump. Social media noise makers.

      • Julius

        Na so bro. The internet separatists . Keep reading them.

        • … or take them to Jewishville, Rumania or Orbis Latinus

          • Julius

            lolz.

        • Arogbo

          Don’t mind the social media noise makers.

    • here, here tell them bro!

  • Aminu Mahmoud

    Afenefere farmers arm yourself as some farmers arm them self with amulets, cutlass bow and arrow whenever migrant herdsmen from neighboring Niger and Chad comes to the north for over 30 years.

    • Arogbo

      You better believe it. Yorubas are ready to confront the invading Fulani herdsmen whenever they enter their territory.

  • veracity4

    I am very happy for the Yorubas, as they are the only southerners speaking out against hausa/Fulani invasion and colonization of the South.. The Igbos who used to claim to be bold are today reduced to a toothless bulldog. Their so-called Ohaneze Ndi Igbo never address any issues concerning the wellbeing of the average Igbo man, as they are only busy looking around for an opportunity to get corrupt money.

    • Arogbo

      You’re absolutely right my brother.

  • Otile

    @veracity4,
    Omo, don’t vilify your enemies yet. Afenifere has not confronted any living Fulani yet. They have not provided one dagger to awon omo Yoruba to defend themselves from the onslaught of the Fulanis. Afenifere is all talk no action. They can only curse, threaten do desecrate the graves of dead Fulanis and the matter will end there.

    • I guess they’ll have to prove you wrong, won’t they?

  • Ladi Akindele

    It’s time to “talk the talk and walk the walk!”

  • thusspokez

    ARG also notes that herdsmen currently constitute a huge threat, not only to lives, but also to food security in Southwest,” the statement read.

    This group could well have spoken for the whole country instead of just the Southwest? Why is everyone so tribalistic?

  • I like this.. “ARG therefore hold the view that should herdsmen continue to get higher priority, our farmers would be right to resort to self-defence because where injustice becomes a law, resistance becomes a duty.”

    Resistance on the way!

  • Gwong D.T.

    Spussssssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……. Afenifere ke! Condemns who? These same men without amateur Kolanuts between their legs are the very same ones who will go back under the cover of darkness to cry and beg Buhari that they never said so. The Oladipo Diya spirit in them is alive and well.