What Igbos Can Learn From Yorubas About Managing the “Fulani Herdsmen” Crisis

by Uche Onegeria 29 Apr , 2016  

I made this sign as something our Governors should have done so the crisis would not have happened in the first place…
When I saw the headline, “Yoruba militia groups warn herdsmen against attack as they would respond with force ” on my Twitter headline, I was very happy.

Why was I happy? When Enugu was allegedly attacked by the herdsmen, the first thing that came to my mind was “Were the herdsmen caught so that justice would prevail?” But to my utmost shock, there was nothing about their apprehension in the news and everyone was loudly calling on President Buhari to come and do something. Why didn’t anyone see the state governor’s failure in protecting his people as well or at least having plans for something like this? The security in his state is useless if anyone can come and kill several people and safely walk away! Ahn!

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Omg! My head is about to go up in flames right now. So what if tomorrow, Niger Delta militants attack Imo State, or Ghana attacks some Nigerian state close to its borders, what do these states do? Can they not fight for themselves? Are there no policemen or military men in these states to protect the people? So whenever something happens, we will first let it run its due course while we go crying to whichever President that is in Aso Rock…..until he decides to help?
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Do not get me wrong, the President needs to do something but the State has to be primarily prepared to handle any attack to its people. Ask your Governors what they are there for please? Na for decoration?

Ngwanu read more from the Yoruba Group, Coalition of Oodua Self-Determination Group (COSEG), after they held an emergency meeting on Thursday. They are not waiting for President Buhari. They have laid their warning and they are prepared to protect themselves.

“We have condoned the nefarious activities of these Fulani herdsmen in Yoruba land for too long and it is high time we said enough is enough. To this end, we have mobilised our members to be on guard and respond forcefully, any attempt to spill innocent blood on our land. This we shall resist with every drop of blood in our veins” .


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“What the Fulani wants from Nigeria is becoming inexplicable and also unfathomable. Here is a section of the country that has been so privileged in the leadership of this country since independence. Today, the president of the country is a Fulani, so what do they really want” . 

“It is worrisome that President Buhari allowed this crisis to fester to this point. As a leader of Fulani extraction, we expect him to have risen to the occasion and nip the activities of his tribesmen in the bud. This he has failed to do and we are so disappointed in him,” he said.“What the Fulani wants from Nigeria is becoming inexplicable and also unfathomable. Here is a section of the country that has been so privileged in the leadership of this country since independence. Today, the president of the country is a Fulani, so what do they really want” .


Edited from Today Ng

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