Buhari’s Government Empowers 12m Farmers In 2 Years – Lai Mohammed |RN


Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

The Federal Government has said that due to its agricultural revolution, the number of farmers empowered across the country has increased from five million to over 12 million within two years of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this, on Sunday, at Government House, Birnin-Kebbi, during his two days official visit to the state.

The minister said the agricultural revolution story of the state has projected Nigeria as a food-producing nation.

Said he,  “Our detractors would not believe us what this government has achieved on agricultural revolution, that is why we decided to come here and go to different villages where farming are taken place to tell the whole world our story.”

The minister who said that Federal Government would empower more farmers to encourage them on food production.

Governor Bagudu, in his remark, told the minister that apart from successes recorded in agriculture, Kebbi State is blessed with different cultural festivals such as Argungu fishing festival, Hottungo, Regatta, Uhola at Argungu, Suru and Zuru local government areas are potentials needed to be resuscitated.

Governor Bagudu also said that the incessant crisis between farmers and herdsmen across the country was due to climatic change, saying it has no religious or tribal colouration.

The governor, however, urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to help Fulani herdsmen and fishermen across the country in areas of education, modernisation of their trades stressed that most of them were not educated and easily prune to crimes. (The Sun)

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill 33, Injure Many In Zamfara |The Republican News

•Ortom alleges murder of 60 more people in Benue

From Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau and Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

Bandits struck again, yesterday, in Birane village of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 33 people and injuring several others.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has also disclosed that 60 more people, including policemen and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), have been killed by herdsmen in the state since the mass burial of 73 victims on January 11 this year.

Confirming the Zamfara attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Shehu, said the command was yet to ascertain the exact causality figure but report available indicated that many people were feared dead and many injured.

He said the police were on top of the situation as a team has been deployed to the area to restore peace in the area.

“Unfortunately, when the community received a message from the bandits that they would soon attack them, no one informed security agencies and the local hunters went to their hideout inside the nearby bush and confronted the bandits,” he said.

According a resident of the area, Muhammad Bello Zurmi, the bandits besieged Birane market and began shooting, which led to the death of the over 33 people on the spot and several others sustaining injuries.

Zurmi, who spoke on phone, said it might be a reprisal attack by the armed bandits as they had promised when two of their members were killed by hunters in the area about two weeks ago.

He said the bandits also attacked a truck and killed all the passengers and set the truck ablaze.

The deceased have been buried according to Islamic injunctions, while those injured are receiving treatment in hospital.

Ortom disclosed the killing of 60 more people when he hosted some Benue State-born musicians, led by Zaaki Azzay, in Makurdi, the capital of the state, yesterday. He lamented that, rather than the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, taking proactive measures to bring the killings to an end, he had decided to take sides.

Ortom noted that the IGP’s relocation to Benue at the height of the attacks further heightened tension as the invading herdsmen became more daring in their attacks, killing even security operatives yet the IGP refused to arrest anyone.

Ortom said: “The IGP has failed us but we are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for sending the army to come and perform Operation Cat Race in Benue. We hope that the cat will be able to catch all the rats.

“All we are asking for is justice, because a situation where you favour a particular section and are biased in your judgment against the other is not fair. That is why we are asking the IGP to resign his appointment to give way to another person who can perform better.”

The governor noted that the anti-open grazing law enacted in the state came as a necessity, stressing that even before the law was enacted, the herdsmen had been killing Benue residents with reckless abandon in many local government areas of the state.

“That was why we decided to put an end to these wanton killings, by enacting the law. The law emanated from the Benue people and they own it. The law protects everyone residing in Benue, including the Fulani. But staying in Benue, you must obey the laws of the land. We are not intimidated by the killings but all we ask for is let there be justice,” he said.

Earlier, Azzay, who described the Benue massacre as uncalled for, said they were in the state to complement the efforts of the governor through a song that was composed by another Benue-born musician, OD Woods, titled “Our Benue.”

Azzay said the song, which features him and Rapizo, alongside other renowned musicians, was aimed at further drawing the attention of the whole world to the unfortunate killings in the state, which had reduced many families to tenants at IDP camps scattered across the state.

The group, thereafter, caught the attention of everyone as they presented the song at the government House as well as at the IDP camp located near Agan Toll Gate. (The Sun)

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Buhari Lost Grip Of The Country, As Nigeria Has Become Theatre Of War – Sen. Shehu Sani |RN


Senator Shehu Sani

Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has said that incessant killings in the last three months in the country was a manifestation that President Buhari was losing grip of governance.

Speaking through Order 43 of Senate rules, he blasted those he described as opportunists in the Villa to tell Nigerians the truth that Buhari was failing in governing the nation.

The lawmaker lamented that Birnin Gwari and Chikun local government areas in Kaduna state which borders Zamfara State in North West, were part of his Senatorial district and have been under siege in the last three months.

According to him, criminal killings in those local governments have become a daily affairs, saying that there was need for permanent military base in the affected areas.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, some villages in Birnin Gwari and Chikun local government areas have been sacked and villagers have relocated to the local government headquarters in the last three months.”

“Two days ago, about 7 people have been killed without media coverage and as you know, government only take actions on killings that are widely publicised.”

“I am deeply concerned that government is losing grip of the country as the country has become a theatre of war.”

Sani wondered at how some officials of government would attribute killings to ethnic and religious sentiments, saying that something was fundamentally wrong, if Nigerians were not able to blend after 100 years of amalgamation.

Reacting, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said, said it was important for the issue of security to be taken seriously by government.

He recalled that Senator Kabir Marafa had raised a similar issue happening in Zamfara, saying something must be done as soon as possible.

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Get Back To Kano, Gov. Ganduje Tells Fulani Herdsmen |The Republican News


Fulani Herdsman

  •  Herders in bloody clash with Adamawa residents

John Alechenu, Chukwudi Akasike, John Charles, and Ted Odogwu

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday called on all Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country, especially in Benue and Taraba states, to relocate to Kano State.

Ganduje said Kano State had “vast grazing land” to accommodate herdsmen and their cattle.

The governor stated this during the monitoring of the state’s “free vaccination of over one million cattle and other small animals” at Kadawa Artificial Insemination Centre in the Garum Malam Local Government Area of the state.

The exercise titled, ‘Towards Conservation of Livestock Resource and Animal Protein for Citizens of Kano,’ was part of activities marking the 2017/2018 livestock vaccination programme.

Ganduje, who condemned the “recent killings during the clashes between farmers and herdsmen,” said they were unacceptable.

The governor said the vaccination was initiated to keep animals healthy and improve the economy of the state.

He said as part of the government’s commitment to encouraging herdsmen in the state, Kano State Government had been providing facilities that would accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle to discourage them from moving to other states in search of grazing land.

Ganduje said, “Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin do not move out of Kano to other states because we have enough grazing land, ranches and traditional stock route. They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.

“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them. We have grazing land in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other places, where facilities have been provided to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”

The governor added that his administration was already in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Game Reserve into a modern grazing land.

“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria. The location has been designed to accommodate schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that would provide the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and transact their business without any hindrance.

“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land when we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve, which is being underutilised.”

Ganduje also said his administration had embarked on the registration of herdsmen and their cattle to enable the government to take care of them through free vaccination and other incentives.

‘Tiv people flee 25 villages’

The indigenous Tiv people of Kadarko in the Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have reportedly fled 25 villages over attacks by herdsmen.

Community leaders, under the auspices of the Concerned Indigenous Tiv People of Kadarko, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday.

Spokesman for the group, Dr Benjamin Agbede, said they decided to cry out because there appeared to be an orchestrated plot to force them out of their ancestral land.

He explained that they were worried that since the outbreak of hostilities on January 15, 2018, Tiv farmers had been left to their fate.

Agbede said, “It is on record that the governor (Tanko Al-Makura) visited the areas and saw the dead bodies on January 30, 2018, but he merely directed that the corpses should be buried by the families of the deceased without any assistance.

“We were shocked that a paltry sum of N500,000 was made available to be shared by the families of those killed and those in different hospitals.

“For the avoidance of doubt, 12 people were killed and more than 30 are receiving treatment in different hospitals.

“We are deeply worried that although the area is inhabited by other ethnic nationalities, only the Tiv people are targets of the terrorists.”

Another community leader, Felix Akie, said, “We wonder why the police did not respond on time to save our people after we made distress calls when the shootings and killings were going on in Agwan Tiv.”

They appealed to the federal and state governments to come to their aid by ensuring that peace returned so that they could return home and resume their normal lives.

The community leaders named some of the 25 affected villages to include Azer, Tamen Bature, Dooga, Che Utsaha, Nyam Adaga, Cha, Igbacha, Shatse, Ngur and Nguchi.

Gunmen kill cop, resident in Benue

Two separate attacks on communities in the troubled Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue State have left two persons dead, including a policeman, while many others are missing

The first incident, according to sources, occurred at Anyiin community in the Logo LGA when suspected herdsmen on Saturday attacked and killed a trader, identified as Abuchi, believed to be of Igbo origin.

It was gathered that the gunmen, suspected to be Fulani militia, opened fire on Igbo traders who were coming back from a local market around 6pm, killing Abuchi and injuring others.

A resident of Anyiin, Terkaa Tim, said Abuchi was a popular Igbo trader in the area.

According to him, the attack which led to his death took place along Gbeji-Anyiin Road.

He said the victim’s remains were recovered by the police near Ayoo Udu village.

Our correspondent further learnt that following the attack, the Igbo people in Benue threatened a showdown.

Although efforts to reach the President of the Igbo Community in Benue State were unsuccessful as of press time, a friend of the victim,  Chima Wanchukwu, lamented the action of the herdsmen.

But the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said he was not aware of the incident in Logo.

He said the only report on his table was from Tarka, where a man and his family, who were travelling to Calabar, were attacked by bandits while they were changing their vehicle’s flat tyre.

“The family’s car had a flat tyre around the Police Training School in Tarka; and while he was changing the tyre, he was attacked by bandits, but they managed to escape unhurt into the college.

“I am not aware of the killing of an Igbo man in Logo, but we have decided to provide escorts for the man and his family to their destination,” Owoseni said.

In a related development, the team deployed by the state police command in Yogbo community in the Guma LGA came under attack on Sunday.

The state Police Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attack, said the police team responded and engaged the gunmen in a shootout, which led to the killing of three of the gunmen.

He added that their corpses were taken away by their fleeing members, who “also suffered severe gunshot injuries.”

Yamu stated that the command lost one officer, while another one had yet to be seen.

The PPRO said, “The police are intensifying efforts with the aim of curbing armed attacks and apprehending criminal elements using tribal sentiment to cause mayhem.

“The command will also ensure adequate security to encourage residents to return to areas hitherto deserted.”

Declare herdsmen terrorists –Seadogs

The Nigerian Association of Seadogs, also known as Pyrates, has called on the Federal Government to declare and treat herdsmen in the country as terrorists.

The group explained that declaring cattle herders in Nigeria terrorists had become imperative following their activities that had led to the death of scores of  Nigerians.

NAS President, Arthur Boje, who made the call during a medical outreach organised by the association at Oro-Ochiri community in Rebisi town, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said herdsmen were also responsible for the sacking of some communities in the country.

The medical outreach was part of the association’s programme to mark its Quarter 2 Pyrates Working Committee meeting.

Boje said, “We are not happy with the killings going on in parts of the country. There is no way you will be satisfied when your brothers and sisters are killed senselessly and the government is not doing enough to save the situation.

“What those herdsmen are doing is orchestrated. It is tactically planned. These are people that have infiltrated into the country, aided by some people on the ground and also sponsored by people here.

“They are terrorists and the Federal Government should treat them as such. They are not herdsmen; they are professional killers brought from outside into the country to cause havoc.”   (Punch)

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Herdsmen killings: We Are Middle Belt Not North Central, Says Dr Wayas |RN

Felix Ikem, Nsukka

Against the backdrop of the incessant killings of indigenes of Benue state by suspected Fulani herdsmen, one of the leaders of thought in the state, Dr. David Wayas, has demanded that the state be removed from North Central geopolitical designation.

In a chat with Daily Sun in Nsukka, he explained that the time had come for the federal government to remove Benue state from North Central geopolitical designation, since the state has more common with the south-east and south-south zones than the northern part of the country.

Giving his reasoning, Dr. Wayas said:

“We are middle belt and should be so called. Benue state people voted massively for Buhari and expected that there will be peace in this country. But what we see is a different thing. So, we cannot answer that name, north central, because we are middle-belters. Our brothers are treating us like middle-belters and so, we cannot answer north central.”

“Our people are in pain. That’s why some of us in academics are speaking out against this condemnable act. Many of them have lost dear ones, valued property and farms. You know the state is the food basket of this nation and with the situation, we will suffer it sooner than later.

In his words, “what is going on in Benue state is a calculated design by those who feel that Benue state is a problem. Those who are carrying out this heinous act are known to the state, but the state is incapacitated to act.”

Dr. Wayas who is also a principal member of Concerned Benue Indigenes Resident in Eastern Nigeria, and also a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, called on the International community to come to the
rescue of the state so as to avoid total annihilation of the state by the Fulani herdsmen.

“We are calling on the international community to come to our rescue from the deadly clutches of these Fulani herdsmen who are killing our people. We cannot continue to die like this. Something has to be done about this.

Dr. Wayas called on his people to remain calm and desist from taking to violence in retaliation.   (The Sun)

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Benue Killings: Only Justice Can Make Me Keep Quiet – Ortom |The Republican News

• Confirms policeman, farmer killed in fresh herdsmen attack in Guma

Rose EjembiMakurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has asked those who are complaining that he is talking too much about the killing of his people by suspected herdsmen to give him justice,  vowing that only justice can make him keep quiet on the matter.

This is even as the Governor confirmed that two persons including a policeman were killed and several others  missing after herdsmen attacked Guma Local Government area of the state between Wednesday and early hours of Thursday.

He said: “People who are saying that I am talking too much should give me justice and I will keep quiet. These people are not just grazing but are coming to take over our land. And they want me to keep quiet. How can I keep quiet? As long as there is no justice, I will continue to shout, talk and sing.”

The Governor who played host to former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso at the government House in Makurdi yesterday disclosed that, “as I talk to you, Benue is still under siege. Even security agents that were sent are being killed by these people. Only yesterday, somebody from my local government was slaughtered and burnt. That is the new dimension to the killings.”

Ortom who lamented that the attack was happening at the time the farmers were harvesting their crops maintained that the onslaught was not just about land for grazing but a coordinated attack to impoverish the people and ensure that the state did not live up to its name as the food basket of the nation.

“Benue remains the food basket of the nation. This is happening at a time the farmers are harvesting their crops. We look forward that the resolution of the senate would be implemented. These people are not just grazing but are coming to take over our land,” Ortom noted.

Earlier, Senator Kwankwaso who led members of his Kwankwasiya Foundation to pay a condolence visit to the government and people of Benue condemned the January 1 attack in which over 70 people were killed.

“We are here to condole with the government and entire people of the state over the loss of 73 people. I join the good people of the country to condemn those who perpetuated the killings and similar acts in Nasarawa, Taraba, Adamawa and other states of the country. I believe it’s time leaders join hands to condemn the act and ensure such acts doesn’t happen again in the country,” the governor said.

Kwankwaso who also announced a donation of 1,200 bags of rice to the over 80,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are now placed in six camps in the state urged the federal government and security agencies to ensure that the unwarranted killings across the country is stopped.   (The Sun)

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Fulani Herdsmen Have Declared War On Nigeria – Prof. Soyinka |The Republican News


Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka

The Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said that the Fulani herdsmen have declared war against Nigeria.

In a statement on Wednesday, Soyinka warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to treat the Fulani Herdsmen’s hostility against Nigerians the way former President Goodluck Jonathan treated Boko Haram at the early stage of its insurgency.

He also wondered in the release why the Federal Government had not given consideration to some of the stakeholders’ recommendations on how to resolve the problem.

Recalling that after “a hideous massacre” perpetrated by the herdsmen in 2016, a security meeting was called and the cattle rearers “attended the meeting, according to reports, with AK47s and other weapons of mass intimidation visible under their garments.”

Soyinka said, “They were neither disarmed nor turned back. They freely admitted the killings but justified them by claims that they had lost their cattle to the host community.”
On the comments that the herdsmen killings were in defence of their stolen cows, Soyinka wondered: “How do we assess a mental state that cannot distinguish between a stolen cow – which is always recoverable – and human life, which is not.

According to Soyinka, “Such are the monstrous beginnings of the culture of impunity. We are reaping, yet again, the consequences of such tolerance of the intolerable. Yes, there indeed the government is culpable, definitely guilty of ‘looking the other way’. Indeed, it must be held complicit.”

He said, “I am not aware that IPOB came anywhere close to this homicidal propensity and will to dominance before it was declared a terrorist organization.

“The international community rightly refused to go along with such an absurdity. The conduct of that movement, even at its most extreme, could by no means be reckoned as terrorism. By contrast, how do we categorise Myeti?”

Soyinka lamented that with the herdsmen’s defiance, “Villages have been depopulated far wider than those outside their operational zones can conceive. They swoop on sleeping settlements, kill and strut. They glory in their seeming supremacy.” (Tribune)

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Arewa Youth Consultative Forum Insists Buhari Must Declare Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists


Fulani herdsman armed with AK47 rifle

Reacting to the incessant killing by Fulani herdsmen across the country, Comrade Mohammed Kudu Abubakar, Deputy National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately pronounce herdsmen as a terrorist organization.

Comrade Abubakar revealed his disgust at how the president has kept silent for long over the killings by herdsmen despite calls from all corners demanding that the president take proactive actions in curbing the excesses of Fulani herdsmen.

Condemning the various killings by herdsmen, Comrade Abubakar said that herdsmen should be seen as a terrorist group because they have been killing for long and should be dealt with in line with the law of the country.

“A criminal is a criminal; they are terrorists and have to be dealt with regarding whether they are from any tribe. The president should follow the constitution and deal with them accordingly. The killing is very criminal and the herdsmen should not go unpunished,” The Deputy President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum said.

He also demanded that a committee is set up to investigate how herdsmen evolved from nomads into gun-wielding cattle rearers.

“The federal government has to make a panel to investigate who these herdsmen are and why they behave the way they do. We need to ask where they get the guns they used in the killing and where they learned how to shoot guns,” he said.

Commenting on the Anti-Open Grazing Bill (currently in practice in only Ekiti and Benue state) which Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association strongly opposed, Comrade Abubakar upheld that each state has the right to pass a law that will guide the state and herdsmen should either abide by this law or leave the state.

“If Benue State comes out with the law through its National Assembly and bars movement of Fulani herdsmen, they have the right to do so. It is their state, that is how they want to stay and there is nothing wrong in that. They (herdsmen) should move away from the state rather than forcing themselves and be causing trouble because a lot of lives are going down,” he opined.

He then beckoned on the military to begin a raid to fish out and prosecute herdsmen who go around with guns to prevent further loss of lives and properties.                     (Sahara Reporters)

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Benue Mass Murder: Doyin Okupe Provides Scary And Shocking Revelations

A former aide to the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, has spoken concerning the incessant attacks and killing of Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen.
Posting sterling revelations by Professor Charles Adisa of the Chinua Achebe Center for Leadership and Development, about the continued killing, kidnapping and maiming of their host communities by the herders, Okupe lamented that over 1000 people had been murdered across the country.
He blamed the Federal Government for its lukewarm attitude in handling the situation and protecting lives of innocent Nigerians. The article reads, “For a long time, the Nigerian state has been under siege by Fulani herdsmen terrorists operating under a predictable pattern of reconnaissance, attack and withdrawal, leading to many deaths and social dislocations. Since January 2016, there has been documented deaths
of approximately 1000 Nigerians from across the middle belt, the South-south, and Southeastern parts of the country from these coordinated Fulani herdsmen attacks. The Fulani herdsmen are credited with destabilizing the city of Jos, a once
tourist destination.
“The failure to protect the citizens is the liability of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its armed forces. Most Nigerians and international bodies do not understand the Fulani herdsmen problem and we at CACLD did not initially. We therefore dispatched a fact finding team to the Southeastern part of the country to unravel the intricacies and complexities of the Fulani terrorist group; a group rated as the fourth most dangerous by respected international conflict organizations (According to the Global Terrorism
Index 2015 report).
“Our fact finding team visited interviewed neighbors from the local communities living
within and around the Hausa communities. Both the Northerners and the local community were very open and volunteered valuable information to
our team. There seems to be a willingness and eagerness for the violence to end. Below are our findings:
“The Fulani Herdsmen terrorists do not own: This is another revelation that may come
as a surprise to many. Fulani herdsmen killers’ major job description is just to kill. They do not own any cattle. Most of them are employed by the cattle owners as “security men” whose job is strictly to protect the cattle. They do not however follow the cattle around, but move in separate vehicles along a defined route within the states
where cattle are being reared.
“The cattle are owned by more prominent Fulani leaders in the country. Most Nigerian Fulanis are no longer migratory herdsmen, but are either Emirs, Sultans, heads of parastatals, oil barons, Imams, Governors, Federal Reps, and Senators.
However, they still maintain their cultural ownership of cattle.“These wealthy Nigerians  increase their wealth astronomically through cattle rearing by using their not-well-off brothers from outside Nigeria to rear these cattle. Instead of investing in ranches and buying of grasses from the South, they chose the cheaper alternative of having their kinsmen, imported from outside the country, take these cattle from the north to south seasonally; using the entire Nigerian space as their ‘grass kingdom’. These cattle, in turn, destroy farms in their path, rendering farmers economically bankrupt to further enrich the wealthy Fulani “remote herders. “For clarity sake, let us present the breakdown of
Fulani people in Nigeria as we deduced from our investigation. “There are about 5 million Fulani people in Nigeria making them one of the smallest ethnic groups in the country.

“Out of the 5 million Fulani people, only about 3 million of them are Nigerians. The remaining 2million come from outside the country and are first generation immigrants.
“About 60 percent of the Fulanis in Nigeria are governors, Imams, Emirs, Sultan, House of Rep members, Importers, Exporters, Ministers, Oil well owners, lecturers, Vice Chancellors, Ministers, and Senators etc. In a nutshell, the Fulani control all sectors of the northern economy. These rich Fulani’s own all the cattle being reared in Nigeria.
“The remaining 40 percent of Fulanis come from outside the country. These are the poor and peasant Fulanis. These immigrant Fulani’s are mostly in charge of the cattle owned by the Bourgeois Fulani. Because the Fulanis have the highest income per capita in the Nigerian state (Fulani’s who are Nigerians), they constantly need to import their poor brothers and sisters from outside the country to increase their population and to help with menial jobs. The Fulanis always either marry into rich families or they would marry only Fulani to maintain their pure race. “Lastly, there is a group of Fulani herdsmen who rear the cattle from the north to the south. These are at the bottom of the Fulani Herdsmen ladder.

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Fulani Herdsmen Killings In Benue Is Terrorism, Ethnic Cleansing, Says Fayose


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

…Calls on FG to end herdsmen’s menace

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has called on the Federal Government to put a permanent stop to the killings in Benue State by herdsmen, saying “what is happening in Benue and other middle-belt States is more than a strive between herdsmen and local farmers, it has gotten to the level of terrorism and ethnic cleansing.

“Just now, we heard the news of the herdsmen attacking the camp of Mobile policemen, Mopol 13 in Benue, killing two officers by slitting their throats. Do you call people who could invade the camp of mobile policemen in a guerilla manner and overpower armed Mopol mere Fulani herdsmen?”

Governor Fayose, who sympathised with the government and people of Benue State for the murder of 59 people last week, said President Muhammadu Buhari must take decisive steps to sop what he described as an attempt to wipe the Agatu and Tiv people of Benue state off the face of the earth.

According to a statement on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose also berated the likes of former President Olusegun Obasanjo for keeping silent on while thousands of Nigerians were being killed by herdsmen.

He said; “Nigerians are gradually beginning to see these killings as a case of hand of Esau, voice of Jacob. It is man inhumanity to man, clear cruelty and unacceptable.”

The governor, who said all men of god conscience in the country should rise in condemnation of the nonchalant attitude of the federal government on the herdsmen criminal activities, added that; “What is happening in Benue and other States in the North-central is an issue that the President Buhari must have to take decisive steps. We never had killings like these under previous administrations. It is one killing too many!”

Governor Fayose said no one can deny the fact that the Fulani herdsmen have become a nightmare to Nigerians.

He said; “On the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani militant group (herdsmen) operating in Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic is the fourth deadliest known terrorist group.

“A group declared as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world as far back as 2015 cannot be handled with levity by the federal government as being done presently and the earlier President Buhari is made to realize that his main duty is protect the lives of all Nigerians, the better.

“Most importantly, the silence of the people does not amount to their inability to defend themselves. And it should be known to the powers that be that everybody in Nigeria has rights to life.

“Taking lives cheaply and brazenly as being done by the herdsmen is the height of evil which no responsible government should allow. The federal government must have to take decisive steps to end this pogrom and stop playing to the gallery.

“As it is, police do not have capacity to handle the situation in Benue and we will not be surprised if the herdsmen begin to move from one state to the other to cause further havoc because they are getting away with murder daily. Therefore, the federal government needs to do more; otherwise, Nigerians will begin to see the herdsmen as the APC hit group.”    (The Sun)

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