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FULANI HERDSMEN: We are at war



Prof. Yemi osibanjo: A delicate walk on the south side

By Joseph Edgar…

Let no man fool himself again, we are at war. This Fulani herdsman issue is no longer an irritation on our collective bum but a full blown war and the sad thing here is that we are still carrying on not realising the dire situation we find ourselves.

From Rivers to Benue, Taraba and most likely Ekiti, these sons of dogs are attacking and pillaging our innocent people all in the name of protecting their cattle. What cattle, what cattle if I may ask? How can, for the life of me, would a sane person want to compare the life of a rodent infested cattle with the sacredness of human lives. So for the cattle to eat and live well, we must all die?

The gruesome nature of these killings and the callous impunity leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth. It smells of bile. It is beginning to look like they own the land. Or, how else are you going to explain the fact that this has been going on almost all of my adult life and as far as I can remember or think nobody has been arraigned for these cold blooded murders and when the Pastor stood up to rant he was severally harassed.

For me, I believe very strongly in the government’s ability to contain this and especially so considering the fact that beside this, the people are already being challenged in other theatres of war. The Boko Haram and their suicide bombers, the militants in the Delta, although they have been quiet for some time, and the pockets of violence all over the country, have really stretched to irritating point the peoples patience.

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This Fulani attacks MUST be stopped forthwith. They are not ghosts, they are there, everywhere causing mayhem as if it’s their morning tea.
We need real decisive action and not statements detailing steps being taken by government to stop them. When Buhari handled the Maitasine in 1983, it was not with press statements; it was with troops. This has gone beyond just a police action, this needs the involvement of the full force of the Army. 73 people were buried today . This is really very upsetting.

What kind of country is this, where you would not only loose your life but also that of your pregnant wife so that cattle will graze? This is a crazy country, a country gone to the dogs, worse than mythical Sodom. Are these people faceless, people are suggesting all sort of melodramatic things to protest. Like cutting off meat in their diets and raising hashtags. This as usual is playing the ostrich game in the face of clear and almost inevitable annihilation of Nigerians.

Please the government should put a decisive end to this evil NOW. No more stories, just do it.


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