For too long, Nigerians have been crying out against the madness of Fulani herdsmen who are killing farmers of other tribes on their own land. But the All Peoples Congress-government led by President Muhammadu Buhari seems both hapless and helpless.
Or is it that Buhari is aiding and abetting his Fulani-herdsmen-kinsmen, majority of voters in crisis-ridden Benue and in other parts of Nigeria are beginning to ask? If Buhari is found culpable in anyway, chances are high, they say, that he would lose woefully in the 2019 election.
Fulani herdsmen are Muslims, and the killers among them should rightly be called terrorists. Otherwise what are a handful of herdsmen shepherding less than 50 hungry cows doing with assorted rifles and ammunition each worth two-three million Naira?
According to a 2015 Global Terrorism Index report, “Fulani militants” were responsible for the death of 1,229 people in 2014, making them the fourth most deadly terrorist group in the world at the time.
In the first week of January 2018 alone, these herdsmen have reportedly massacred over 100 people in Taraba and Benue states.
While whole world has labelled these ongoing pogroms ‘Fulani Genocide’ and ‘Boko Haram Terrorism Reloaded’ and ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ the Nigeria Police has shamefully called it ‘communal clashes’. Yet Buhari thinks that by dispatching the Inspector General Police to Benue state, the Fulani herdsmen menace would end.
What exactly gives these Fulanis the audacity to ride roughshod over the rest of Nigeria? Fingers point at the totally criminal attempt of this present government to foist an anti-peace open grazing law upon Nigeria in favour of Fulani herdsmen.
On November 1, 2017, the Benue State government implemented the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law that outlawed open grazing in the state.
Since this year’s killings gathered attention, Governor Ortom has used every medium within his reach to lay the blame at the feet of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural group.
The group has been vocal in its resistance to the state’s law before and after implementation so much that the governor had been writing letters of warning to the Federal Government and security agencies before the 2018 massacres.
I am a Christian and this is where the Holy Bible stands on matters like this…
“If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed, and lets loose his animal, and it feeds in another man’s field, he shall make restitution from the best of his own field and the best of his own vineyard.” [Exodus 22:5].
In a country that is constitutionally secular therefore, neither state nor federal government can be biased against one faith in favour of another. Christians cannot therefore fold their arms. We should all speak out against #FulaniGenocide #MadMassacre #DiabolicGrazing Law #BuhariBias.