Miyetti Allah speaks on Benue, Taraba, other violence; says 1,000 Fulanis killed

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

The Miyetti Allah, a coalition of Fulani herdsmen, has reacted to the recent killings in Benue, Taraba and other states.

Scores of people have been killed in violence in those states between herdsmen and farming communities.

The latest killing of over 70 people in Benue has been blamed by the state government on the Miyetti Allah.

In its statement signed by its secretary on Sunday, Miyetti Allah condemned violence and suggested ways to end them.

‎”We are however not denying the fact that, as any other community in the country, we are also battling with misguided and criminally motivated elements who indulge in social vices and criminal activities. However, these few miscreants do not represent the mainstream of herdsmen,” the group said.

It also said about 1,000 Fulanis have been killed in communal violence in the affected states.

Read the Miyetti Allah’s full statement below.

We lost 1000 people, two million cows, Fulani herdsmen lament

A Text of Press Conference by the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Members of the general public are already aware of the burning national security challenges with violent hostilities affecting pastoralist community in different parts of the country.

These very unfortunate crises have since degenerated into dangerously intolerable level of killings, maiming and unprecedented destruction of property. More worrisome is the fact that the pastoralist community which has been the main target of the offensive is also deliberately been pointed as the attackers at the same time.

This horrible accusation in both intent and purpose is meant not only to smear the image of the herdsmen as a peace loving community, but to also allow further criminal justification to carry out total ethnic cleansing on our members, as witnessed in different parts of the country.

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria as the premier pastoralist body in the country has remained in unimaginable pains on daily basis as we receive communication of gory details of attacks, maiming and destruction of our members across the country.

For the avoidance of doubt, we totally condemn violence, in whatever form anywhere in Nigeria and by whoever.

It is important to note that the pastoralist share a long relationship with many communities in the country, as they carry out their legitimate occupation of nomadism/pastoralism; carrying along their lives, families and possessions making it impossible to foment trouble.

Our disposition as the immediate neighbours to almost all Nigerians does not only make us vulnerable but also susceptible to baseless accusations by promoters of violence, despite us being the worst victims.

We are however not denying the fact that, as any other community in the country, we are also battling with misguided and criminally motivated elements who indulge in social vices and criminal activities. However, these few miscreants do not represent the mainstream of herdsmen.

In fact our case is worsen by long years of exclusion suffered by the Fulani herdsmen as the most neglected community in the country, thereby depriving us of so many things.

The current situation in our opinion is fuelled by the draconian laws put in place by some state governments with the singular aim of chasing our people out of the states simply for ethnic hatred. The anti-open-grazing law in Benue, Taraba and other states is nothing more than a symbol of intolerance and do not in any way intend to solve the farmers/grazers conflict as the livestock breeders interest is neither captured in the law nor in its implementation mechanism.

While as a body we are not against any law that can engender peace, create societal harmony and stability, we cannot oblige any self-centred regulation with primordial sentiments based on injustice, intolerance and infringement of people’s fundamental rights. It is no longer hidden that to achieve these, some State Governments are sponsoring ethnic militia against our people, recruiting and arming locals to kill our people and rustle their livestock as seen recently in Benue and Taraba States.

Two days ago, the media was a washed with the story of Tiv militia gang arrested in Taraba State by the Army who confessed that over 1000 of them were recruited and dangerously armed by the Benue State Government to kill the Fulani herdsmen. No doubt the activities of these criminal gangs are putting our people in unbearable pains as they operate with the greatest impunity under the protection of the State Government.

Only very recently we have lost over 1000 people including children, women and the aged and over 2 million cattle to this gang. We are more disturbed today as this state government hides under the self created crises and blackmailing the Federal Government into releasing to them security operatives to achieve their illegal and wicked agenda on our people.

The trend of attacks on our defenceless members by ethnic militias oiled by a deliberate profiling through coordinated media campaigns against our members, to say the least, is the worst crime against humanity.

What started as communal clashes has since metamorphosed into a coordinated operation to exterminate our people. From the killings in Plateau State, to southern Kaduna to Benue, Taraba and Adamawa among others the story is only worsening by the day.

Let me refresh your mind on the unprovoked attack on the Fulani communities on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State. The attack, which took place around June last year on the sedentary pastoralist Fulani families who have practiced the much deceitfully advocated ranching for decades left about 700 people killed, over 20,000 cattle rustled or killed with over 300 communities burnt down. In Lau, 24 Fulanis were also killed. In Numan, Adamawa State, about 82 of our women and children were slaughtered in cold blood by Bachama militias. In Kajuru, Kaduna State, 96 were killed.

All these were committed in a span of 7 months, beginning in June 2017 to January, 2018. All the killings were done by ethnic groups who see themselves as indigenes and the Fulanis as marauders, even where the latter have been settled for nearly a hundred years. However, up till today nobody is arrested even when the perpetrators are well known to the victims. The pastoralists have been abandoned, unfortunately, to their predators.

In conclusion ladies and gentlemen, our story is a very sad and painful one. While we have suffered decades of neglect by the government with attendant consequences, the current national gang up against the herdsmen is not only endangering our survival as a people but also justifying action against us, no matter how crude and inhuman it is.

After reviewing the current challenges as they affect our members we are of the humble opinion that following steps can go a long way not only in dousing tension in the country but will also go a long way in reducing the perennial conflict to the barest minimum.

1. We confirm the position of His Royal Highness the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that in spite of the fact that 732 of our people were killed in Mambila and 82 women and children killed in Numan and nobody was arrested. We hereby demand for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes without further.

2. We further state that the refutal of the Emir’s position by the Taraba State Governor is merely a continuation of his desperate act of hiding the state government’s involvement and protection of the perpetrators of these acts.

3. Pay compensation to the victims of all crises to reduce their level of suffering.

4. The Federal Government should create a Federal Ministry of Livestock Development to attend to the multidimensional needs of the industry as is obtained in many countries and the enactment of a national law to carter for the peculiar needs of pastoralists in particular and the livestock subsector in general since the mischievous anti open grazing laws promulgated by some states have woefully failed to address the contentious issues.

5. We call for a federal judicial commission of inquiry into all these killings so as to unravel the truth and the offenders.

6. We wish to register our appreciation to all those who have refused to be blinded by sentiment and are standing on the path of truth and justice especially the governors of Bayelsa, Plateau, Kogi and Nasarawa states, in the face of these complicated circumstances.

7. We disassociate ourselves from any other group or individual that is out to foment trouble in the country.

8. We also welcome the Federal Government’s current resolve to address the lingering crises and submit ourselves for any positive participation to restore mutual and harmonious relationship in the country.

9. We demand for immediate disarmament of all illegally armed militias across the country in the interest of peace, security and stability. Finally, we condemn in totality any attempt of branding herdsmen as terrorists as is being clamoured from certain quarters. We view this as the continuation of the hate agenda on our people and a very dangerous trend for the country.

Baba Usman Ngeljarma
National Secretary MACBAN


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  • Dan Arewa

    Their is problem from both side with the Federal government at the center. While the Fulani are accuse of destroying farm, their cattle are rustle and some of the Fulani are kill for just resisting the arm militia from taking away their Animals.
    I support the called for the establishment of Ministry of livestock Development. It will control the herders grazing right.

    • Zuby

      Do not worry. You’ll get cattle colony as long as the FGN sets up pig farms around all the mosques in the 19 northern states.

    • cheky

      But you denied that the perpetrators were Fulani herdsmen.

      • Reginald Dandeson

        Please don’t mind the confused bunch of subhumans.

    • Infoezone Infoezone

      You always think like a cow

    • Otile

      La Ilaha IllAllah Muhammadur Rasulullah” Your English is atrocious. No wonder you don’t write many sentences to express yourself well. You like other dolts hide your shortcomings with shortened corrupt words and sentences, then cover them up with: really??, lolz!!!, hahahaha, fag, smdh ….. I did not realize you are a useless illiterate. Henceforth I will not read your trash or respond to your manure again. I will ignore you the same way I ignore your fellow uneducated bragging pigs. Dan iska kawai.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Must government do everything for you lazy lot ?

      • Dan Arewa

        Poor child that can’t feed your self.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          I have never asked the government of Nigeria for any feeding money.

  • ahidjo

    This is how matured and rational thinking mind speaks not like the disgruntled self centred and shallow minded Ortom, Unungo, CAN, Oyedepo, Shehu Sani, etc. But they should know that any one sided law called No to open grazing but yes to open farming can not work and if they think they can train and arm their militia to kill us and rustle our cows we are most ready for them alway, certainly we will protect our self and lets watch the drama as it unfold and see who will suffer most.

    • cheky

      *****Lets watch the drama and see who will suffer most*****
      Is that how a reasonable person talks? Is it because you’re in power and you care less about the poor people that were killed. Why did you not kill Ortom and Unongo?

      You also claim there can never be “open farming” without “open grazing”, those practicing open farming do so in their own land and not in your land.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Is there any such thing as closed or open farming ? People farm on their lands……as simple as that.

        • cheky

          My brother! I quoted him, I don’t know what he meant by “open farming”.

    • Say the truth

      That muddled message of hate, lies and propaganda is what you called matured. No matter the propaganda Fulani herdsmen are terrorists. IPOB didn’t kill anyone but Buhari unleashed security on them but his brothers he encourages to kill.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      No one is fighting you….just stay in your state and do not invade our farms with your cattle and guns because we do not invade your farms in the north

    • Rowland

      @rumirgo , can a colony be carved out of your territories for Yoruba farmers to plant their cocoa or for Igbo traders to build and trade?

  • evidence

    One million cows?! These people are raving mad.
    Go and ranch your cows in sambisa forest.
    Farmers are in their ancestral homes farming, go to your own ancestral home and ranch.
    God forsaken demonic tribe.

  • Buhari has turned Nigeria into a “shithole”. He has launched another war front on Nigeria as part of a bigger agenda to islamize the country. This war shall be like no other war. Boko Haram have mutated into herdsmen. They will be pulverized just like their cousins in Syria and Iraq.

  • Kenny

    2 million cows? Pathetic liars who galivant as devout Muslims yet they do not respect the sanctity of human lives. The clamour for grazing colonies by our shithole President cannot see the light of the day! It is old fashioned; it is stereotyped. The assholes should take a cue from ranching models in Europe and United States.

    • AryLoyds

      What is the difference between a cow and Fulani herdsmen?

  • Suleiman Alatise

    God is watching everyone.

  • Lanre

    Thank you Mr. Ngeljarma. How much contribution to your write-up did you get from the Emir of Kano? Just asking. If you are a Nomad, it presupposes that you do not have landed property. Basically you move around. How then can the lands upon which you graze belong to you? How will farmers who till the land be interested in killing you – herdsmen? Does that make sense to you? You are also against Ranching. The only way you are Pastoralists/Nomads is because you do not have enough vegetation for your cattle. People are saying they do not want you and your roaming cattle destroying their land and property. You see, I have always believed that The North is the headache of Nigeria. From Boko Haram to this new deliberately created crisis of Cattle herdsmen. In Yorubaland, we are trying to solve the issues of falling education standards, poor infrastructure which is a direct result of the poor leadership we have been having over the last four decades. In the East, the industrial revolution that should have taken off by the Igbos is still born. The rest of the country does not have time for your medieval killing adventures either on horseback or on foot.
    We keep demanding for a referendum so that those who want to remain in Nigeria can do so. I am tired of being led by Shithole leaders. I am not from a shithole. Yorubaland is not a shithole.

  • Watch man

    Here comes the propaganda machinery of the janjaweed fulani muderers. You list 2,000,000 cows and 1000 murderers ba?
    Well, I blame the communities who allow these murderers to decimate them even after warning the victims. One of them is the president and has cows also. What makes anybody think he will not protect his partner-brothers? Yet he wants to go for a second term??? We are watching.

  • Mentus

    Buhari became president of Nigerian based on having the majority vote. The governor of Benue State enacted the anti Open grazing law on popular demand and consequently majority votes.
    What makes the Fulanis who do not even belong to the state in the first place, and even then are only a fraction of Benue community think the law should be repealed because it does not favour them. The law of democracy is that majority carries the vote.
    The same Fulani and their supporters are the ones who descended on Kanu and IPOB for expressing their wish to leave Nigeria based on the lack of inclusiveness of the Biafrans in Buhari’s governance.
    It will be interesting to know what proportion of Nigerian population is made up of Fulanis.
    Talk of eating your cake and having it.
    The worst thing that can happen to anybody is to have to live with these recalcitrant Nigerian Fulanis. This does not obtain in other West African countries.

    • Bakanridi

      A comment from a wicked mind of an ethnic bigot that NEVER means well for his countrymen. I pray for your deliverance.

      • Really

        Deliverance from you murderous Fulanis. Yes

        • Bakanridi

          Really?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Bloody liars !! Where and when did 1000 die and where are they buried ? These nomads are coming out in their true colours . Nigerians must never yield to the blackmail of cattle colonies…..that is what this is all about. Buhari and his Fulani federal government want to uuse this chance to take our lands and establish cattle colonies which will later turn into Fulani sattelitte Islamic colonies .

    NIGERIANS MUST STAND FIRM , IT IS ALL ABOUT OUR LAND WHICH BUHARI AND HIS KINSMEN NEED FOR THIER CATTLE . THAT IS WHY THE KILLINGS HAVE SPIKED, IT IS ALL ABOUT BREAKING OUR WILL AND TAKING OUR LAND.

  • tuby NY

    In any situation or fights, it is always GOOD N NECCESARY to listen to both sides before passing a judgement OR BLAMED ONE side only, because the other side might just hav a tougher story/grief to tell too. Just like it was stated above.

    Tho, i am nt saying what this Miyetti Allah secretary is saying is the truth or NOT. But their own accusations/stories must be checked out too, in-order to fundamentally resolved and create a just peace for everyone involved, and also for the country; then basically end this inhuman madness situation yo.

    • KELLOGGS

      The terrorists herdsmen have been doing this for Centuries. This is their method to expand. This is a known phenomenon that is taught in colleges all over the world.

      As a matter of fact, these Flanigan terrorist is recorded by UN, USA, and many countries, as the most violent terrorist organization in the world!

      So, it’s laughable to listen to their propaganda.

  • Say the truth

    At least with this press statement it is now on record that the governors of Bayelsa, Plateau, Kogi and Nasarawa states, are the supporters of the Miyetti Allah and what they stand for. Nigerians will remember the role played by these governors in the genocide carried out by Fulani herdsmen in Benue state.

    • Bakanridi

      It seems that you are out of your mind. Imagine, accusing the Governor of Bayelsa, a Governor from the opposing party of supporting the truth.Time will also tell who stands with the truth and those that follow their wimps, caprices or other peoples’ ego. What a pity!

  • Reginald Dandeson

    This is a well calculated attempt to insult the sensibilities of well discerning Nigerians. They have done it exactly the APC way. Propaganda all the way. This proves APC to be truly a Fulani party. Follow them at your peril, just like the people of Benue have unfortunately experienced. 2019 is around the corner.

    • Bakanridi

      It is because you are too blind with bigotry and hatred to see the truth. I believe Governor of Plateau, Bayelsa, Kogi are neither Hausa or Fulani to come out to say the truth. It is not surprising the VP, his Excellency Yomi Osinbajo had been warning not to politicize this issue.

      • Reginald Dandeson

        What is bigotry there? Don’t use words carelessly without any consideration for the message you’re trying to convey. And, when did the English dictionary begin to describe criticism of failed leadership and public office holders as hatred?

        As for those Governors you mentioned, if you cannot recognize that they are self-seeking slaves who must appease their slave master to curry favor then I can’t help you.

        • Bakanridi

          Still too blind to see the truth. what a pity!

  • share Idea

    How some people will think that the nation will keep tolerating these their 14th century way of life is beyond me in 21st century.

    If they think that ranching is expensive, they could lobby the state and FG to assist them in archiving that just as FG and states are helping farmers with fertiliser.

  • Dan arewa

    Every minority group in Nigeria now seems to copy the OPC Odua peoples congress model headed by the Killer Gani Adams to gain relevance in Nigerians political system and that’s round up some HAUSA-FULANI especially fulanis with cows, steal their cows and kill as many as possible and cry and make huge noise that the fulanis are killing your peoples, from Plateau to Taraba to Benue, Nassarawa and Kogi all have been killing fulanis nobody cared until few people are killed provably by the same militia run by the governors of the same state just to point fingers at the clueless Fulani herdsmen who have nothing to do with it. Infact governor Ortom has even lost his senses, lately he accuses almost every northern as the one behind it. We know 2019 is around but please show some decorum, reason and logic is also desired, ask why? Killing fulanis and stealing their cows is definitely not the answer.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Are you kidding me? Are you for real? Man (or is it boy?). kindly check into the nearest mental hospital.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      I will say that you are right about some of the things you have listed. Yes, cattle rustling has been a major problem and some Fulanis have been slaughtered. However, what is happening now is Jihad for all of Nigeria backed by the Sokoto Caliphate. This issue is being used to advance the Islamic agenda. The Jihad is not the answer to this problem either sir.

  • Cornelius Jelili Ajibola Olanr

    Darwin’s theory support the survival of all beings. I totally condemned violence in every way. In the meantime I think the federal government should also take the plight of these Fulani herdsmen into serious consideration. They also has every right to live. And if at all they’re violent, I want to believe that people forced them into such.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      And who is denying them their right to live? All reasonable homo SAPIENS are saying is that they should ranch their cattle as the farmers are FARMING their farms! Ain’t that simple enough for simple minds to grasp?

    • jide

      They also “have” and not “has.” Go back to school to refine your English so as to be able to defend the shithole Fulani killers and terrorists.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      No one is threatening their right to live. The Fulani people are not the enemy and never were. The old ways are too expensive for Nigeria and new ways need to emerge. It is that there are Jihadists in our government and they are using this to lay the foundation for the 2031 elections where they hope to present Islamist candidates for us to vote for. This is the 21st century version of the 1804 Jihad against the Hausa city states and later the Yoruba city states which was mostly resisted.

  • KELLOGGS

    Ban the MACBAN!!!!!!!

  • Bassey Frank

    If you have lost 1,000 human beings and 2 million cows; and you are massacring innocent citizens to “retaliate”, you better be ready for more killings. I think those victim communities are now ready for you, your cows and your cowish sponsors in government.

  • The Optimist

    Hypocrites with empty propaganda!

  • PLAN A

    …so it took the killing of over 70 people in Benue for the world to know that gangs had killed 1000 fulani and stole 2 million cows in the space of a year! You must think you are addressing cows and goats! The blood on the hands,guns and matchetes of those who are shielding will never rest. The blood of these innocent Benue people will hunt you. May you actually lose 2 million cows and 1000 Fulani people!

    • Arewa

      Hater, you simply hate us period. As my friend says ypu need peace in your lif .

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    This has been what MACBAN supposed to be doing long time before. It shouldn’t have allowed the nation’s sectional media demonized the entire Fulani race in the country. MACBAN you have even failed to notice that security agencies are only interested in exploiting the herders as widely reported by VOA Hausa recently.

    • KELLOGGS

      FULANI HERDERS LISTEN UP:

      If Nigeria goes the route of Ranching Cows only, then Fulani herders should be out of job, they have NO EXPERIENCE in Ranching. The government should give money and incentives to land owners to farm animals on their own lands, and the fulanis should go to school or go home, wherever the hell they came from!

      • Musa M. Dantsoho

        Herding has been in existence before our great grand parents. But, products of baby factories are saying no to it. No one expects such products think otherwise.

        • KELLOGGS

          The point I’m making is that Herding is the only thing you know; if the government outlaws it, then you are shit-out of luck!

          Ranching involves education, science, Agriculture, and your people are novices in it. Why shouldn’t every Nigerian then have access to the grants, and practice ranching on their own farm lands? To hell with the nomadic herdsmen.

          • Arewa

            Your people are computer and rocket scientists, yet all they know is bursting pipes,kidnapping, armed robbery, human tracking, 419 and prostituting in Italy lolo man shut up.

          • KELLOGGS

            Terrorist comment!

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            Only if you understand what you are saying. The regimes that would have outlawed herding didn’t do so. It is foolishness then thinking of that possibility now.

            Ironically, normadic herdsman now rescuing the educated scientists from the hell of Libyan slavery.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          Sure but even you can see that it is becoming to expensive for the country. It is time to change.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            Time to change in what sense?

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            How cattle are taken care of. The lifestyle model.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            Cattle are taken care since time immemorial.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Well now this should be moved to privately purchased and run cattle ranches. You should agree with that now.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            How far successful were the privatizations of NITEL, NEPA and host of others?

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But grazing is not a government enterprise like the ones you mentioned. Also, there was the GSM revolution that effectively privatized telecommunications and NEPA has been partly privatized.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            Mark you, cattle are already privately owned. Those who consider an old age practice no longer feasible, the onus lies on them to provide the solution. Just uttering ‘ranching’ is not sufficient. How? Is the most important consideration here. Mind you, the idea of ranching colonies is already under heavy criticism and condemnation by those who don’t like the existence of herders in the country.

            With ban of grazing and grazing reserves in many parts of the country, rejection of ranching colonies, let others get to know your own ranching idea.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            There is the offer of low interest loans for the herdsmen to buy land from anyone willing to sell. That is the best idea. If cattle is privately owned, then the inputs to maintain the cattle has to be privately owned. The colonies are government backed and that is the root of the real opposition to this.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            Don’t ignore the position of Land Use Act in the matter.
            Just offer of low interest loan doesn’t stop at that point either. How and where to procure the loan are relevant. The ability to key in thousand herders with millions herds of cattle in the programme is also important.

            By the time all these were rationally analysed, may be the anti grazing community will come out with right proposition.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But the question you should ask is who’s land will be used and how much will the taxpayer be on the hook for to support something that is a private venture like you admitted. Perhaps you should think about this as well as the pro-colony community and we will see what intentions really are there.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            It is everyone’s knowledge Fulani herdsmen could never be the first or only Nigerians running private businesses. Just in the manner other thousands privately owned enterprises acquired lands for their businesses, so herders also need to be accorded similar rights.

            Questioning the use of taxpayers money to support private ventures is quite unfortunate, where examples of such supports are abound. At least the existence of AMCON (Assets Management Company of Nigeria) renders such question irrelevant. Unless the discussions intend at making the herdsmen’s case peculiar for the unlucky Fulani man because of his race.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            And that is what I advocate. Owners of enterprises will buy land through private means. The herdsmen should also go through these means most preferably.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            My rudimentary knowledge of Land Use Act, lands are vested on the States for the common use of all. And the Nigerian constitution clearly stressed the position of that Act. I stand to be corrected.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But the Land Use Act was a decree by the military. It was never voted by representatives into federal law. So it may be lawful in a sense but it wasn’t law pushed by the people of Nigeria but those who have a vested interest today in the status quo and maintained by those who have an interest down the road. You can see what is wrong with this.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            Personal opinion or perception hardly changes the position of law, regardless of who enacted it or strongly one feels about it. So no any noticeable flaw(s) from individual or groups opinion can nulify its provision without such directive from court of law or legislature.
            For now, every Nigerian MUST accept the validity of the extant Land Use Act. That should be the acceptable truth in the discussions, assuming it was not intended at dictating personal opinion in the matter.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But the clamour for restructuring would open the door to the end of this law and that is what the vested interests do not want. So, we are back to where we started. There is an ulterior motive behind the plan for cattle colonies. They will use the existing law to push it but it is an ulterior motive nonetheless.

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            The reality about clamour for restructuring is an agitation dressed in the garb of hypocrisy. Such that each time it comes to the front burner of national debate only the moment elite failed to lay their hands freely on the national cake. So, the recent clamour can’t be an exception.

            Being speculative presently can’t placed the motive of cattle colonies in the correct perspective. It is only after the nation arrived at acceptable concept of restructuring, then realistic implementation of the law would emerge in that context.

            Already, amongst the different concepts of restructuring includes agitation for an independent republic by some people. In the circumstance, another nation hardly thinks of extending laws to another sovereign independent entity.

            Currently however, unless appropriately repealed or amended, the coexisting entities would need to manage their existence based on laws in place, no matter imperfections in them.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            But there are vested interests who want to continue having the national cake. We all know that the Land Use Act helps with this. Any restructuring will threaten this access thus we have the resistance that we have today. Maybe what you call acceptable would be anything that preserves that access to the cake. It would be acceptable if it also will benefit the general public by bringing governance closer to the people and respecting the rights of the population to livelihoods of their choice which would include land ownership. As it is now, this is not working thus we have this agitation. Maybe politicians who lost out on the cake have jumped on the bandwagon but you better believe this agitation has been around for over a decade. It did not just come overnight.

  • Decimator

    Once again let it be clear. There is nothing like rampaging herdsmen as purported but a well orchestrated
    invasion of the Nigerian Enclave in its entirety by Fulanis from all climes under the noble command of Mohammadu Buhari and all the Fulani notables from the Sultan, El-Rufai to Sanusi.etc.

    And as the 2019 presidential election keeps coming with the chances for Mohammadu Buhari increasingly deminishing, we are seeing daily the fulfillment of his earlier threat, when he said;

    “God willing, by 2015, something will happen. They either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way. “If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon (Citizens of the Nigerian Enclave) would all be soaked in blood.’’ Muhammadu Buhari. (Vanguard 15.05.2012)

    I would not be surprised if the killers that have the guts to give conditions to stop killing as stated above, being energised by their commander who at the same time double serves as the countries president and being fully protected and glorified by him and his complots, go on a massive wide scale invasion or rather „ goes ahead to Soak the Dogs and Baboons in blood“ according to him, in other to retain power at all cost.

    He or she who has ears let him hear.

    Thanks

    • samuel donko

      Thank you my brother, a word is enough for the wise

  • thusspokez

    It also said about 1,000 Fulanis have been killed in communal violence in the affected states.

    The 1000 round figure looks like one plucked out of the air otherwise, I wonder how many of the deaths had been reported to the local police.

  • omo56

    Southern politicians right now are about to support two Fulani’s to lead us. We know where Buhari stands on the issue of killer herdsmen, Atiku is still to come out and clearly define his stand on this issue

    Let us remember, people like Tinubu and Rotimi Ameche plundered resources of their states to put Buhari in power.

    And if the South West should fail to support Buhari, SS and SE are ready and willing to replace SW and Fulani rule
    continue

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    Here is the problem. You say there are criminal elements among the herdsmen. Sure, that is true. But you Miyetti Allah are also a criminal group that is the arm of the Sokoto Caliphate. So what do you propose we do about this?