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Foreign Fulani Herdsmen And Igbo Race: Who Is The Real Oodua Enemy? – Prince Oba-Loye Adimula

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By Prince Oba-Loye Adimula

 

How does one identify an enemy of a race? An enemy of a race is such that fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another contemporary cultural race. In answering the above question, it is important to critically examine the threatening harmful variables, which includes religion, targeted mission and cultural activities, that are capable of inflicting injuries to the existence of a particular race.

Firstly, let’s consider the attributes of Ndigbo in Nigeria of today. The Igbo people have an ancestral homelands and merchandise engagements that expose them to leave their respective state of origin to creating of various business centers in various cities, towns, villages and settlements in Nigeria.
Although,the Ndigbo outside their ancestral homelands are mostly practicing Christians and they are traditionally endowed in alignments with the Oodua culture and heritage spirituality.

Whereas, foreign Fulani herdsmen had no particular ancestral homelands in Nigeria. The Fulani herdsmen are operating under an umbrella organisation, recognised as Miyetti Allah. The memberships of the Miyetti Allah Group are the full-blooded descendants of the Islamic Jihadist warlords that invaded the ancient territory of Hausa Kingdom in around year 1804.
The Jihadist then successfully subsumed and subjugated the entire Hausa race under the Islamic /Sharia injunction and authority. The Miyetti Allah Group used the herdsmen, who are their ancestral foot soldiers or militias to penetrates any targeted races, tribes or communities to realize their ancestral hegemonic agenda.

Unfortunately, the British colonialists that invaded the southern indigenous lands to destroyed most great kingdoms/dynasties that are flourishing then, in which Oodua race was the center attraction ….. worked out a devilish political arrangement with the Jihadist before they left. The insistence, the Fulani Jihadist maintained an hegemonic network of coverage, otherwise known as 1st Republic Grazing Routes for their militias herdsmen. It was revealed that various unreasonable attitudes and political schemings led to the brutal action from the 5 Majors, who are mostly Ndigbo officers, on the 15th January, 1966 coup in Nigeria.

Undoubtedly, the summary of the main objectives of the 5 Majors were to change the direction of Nigeria from the vicious leadership that suddenly landed to the hands of the Jihadists and the release of Chief Obafemi Awolowo from prison custody to take over as the Nation’s leader for a new direction.

Again, in what appeared to be a replay of 1966 coup was the failed 1990 coup of Young Military Revolutionary Officers, who are mostly Middle-beltan and Southern officers, headed by late Major Gideon Okar. The coup announcement was directed at the elimination of 3 states considered to be the base of authority of the Jihadists within the Nigeria system.
Where are we today, since Nigeria now have a core Fulani President and his Cabal in charge of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Since 2015, that a core Fulani man assumed the Federal Authority, the ever known federal character system that was conspicuously entrenched inside the obviously crude constitution was abandoned. To the extent that all the Security Agencies are currently headed by Fulani men.

It is no more news about the mass influx and invasions of foreign Fulani Herders into Nigeria since 2015. The horrific displays of the open hegemonic missions over the indigenous Middle-beltans and Southerners call for deep reflections by any reasonable indigenous leader.

This is so, as the Fulani Herdsmen has continuously and successfully attacked several communities to the extent that the indigenous people have to abandoned their ancestral homelands to remain inside as Internally Displaced Camps (IDP-camps). While in a very pathetic and irritating scenarios, some of the attacked (now abandoned) community lands are now becomes the settlement areas for these Fulani invaders. And to the embarrassing note of renaming those attacked communities with Fulani FUFULDI language as the new identity…… as the original owners of the lands continue to stay inside various IDP camps.

Whereas our Fulani led Federal Government Presidency remain mute over these obvious sacrilegious hegemonic intentions. The same national security neglects which openly happened in Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, Taraba, Kaduna etc States. Barely one week that President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner for additional four-year term , no one can estimate the number of indigenous natives killed again in the quest for the foreign Fulani settlements… on cattle ranches /colonies being sponsored by Miyetti Allah Group.

Presently, all the entire Oodua forests are no more safe in the hands of these same foreign Fulani herdsmen, who could be considered as the advance party to the about to come main Fulani groups. This is what I think the Yoruba political leaders ought to flex their muzzle over, because if care is not taken quickly, Oodua culture and heritage value may be going into extinction!
Comparably, there are cries all over the other ends of most Ndigbo homesteads within most Igbo States in the forefront of these same foreign Fulani Herdsmen. The Ndigbo are seriously grouping to see the realization of their Independence State of Biafra as the only option to avoid the impending Fulani cruel intentions over their land.
Coincidentally, some knowledgeable Oodua people too, are sounding for the actualization of ODUDUWA Republic, as solution to their advancement and progress.
Regrettably, the Middle-beltan traditional heritage honours are almost gone the way Hausa race are subjugated to Islamic authority. By analysing the continuous genocides committed/perpetrating by the foreign Fulani militias over the indigenous natives.

Meanwhile, there have been series of Military Operation Python Dances moving everywhere within the cities and towns in the Southern Nigeria. One quick need to reason deeply while, any of the Military Python Dances refused to enter inside either Oodua or Ndigbo forests to dance with those foreign Fulani militias who come out at will to kill, rape, kidnap, rob etc since all these years.

Seemingly, who is really the enemy in this context? Is it Ndigbo that is enemy to Oodua race or is it Oodua race tha this the enemy to the Igbo land?
It is conceivably possible to believe that Ndigbo can never achieve their long struggle of independence without collaboration with Yoruba race. So also, it is imperative to note that Oodua heritage preservation will remain a dream without the support of the same Igbo people. The Middle-beltans may not likely get the relief necessary without the cooperation of both Yoruba and the Igbo people. Why then do the Igbo and Yoruba need to be at each others throats everytime? Serious understanding is urgently needed to move the two nations forward.

Arise my Oodua and Ndigbo people, let’s come together for a common front for the benefit of the coming generations! We can simply do it together, it is a give and take strategies………

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Edo Government Won’t Cede Any Of Its Land For Ranching – Obaseki |RN

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Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki

Tony Osauzo, Benin

The Edo State Government has said that it has not ceded land, in any part of the state to anyone, for ranching project.

Governor Godwin Obaseki made the clarification in a statement issued, on Friday, in Benin-City, the state capital.

The statement says, “The Edo State Government wishes to clarify that it has not ceded any land, in any part of the state, for ranching project to anyone.

“My administration recognises that an animal husbandry is a form of business which is done by private individuals, and the state government does not, as a matter of policy, directly engage in business”, the statement said.

The governor reiterated that under his watch “the Edo State Government will remain an enabler of businesses through policies, incentives and laws and will continue to play this role to attract private investments that will create jobs for our teeming population.”

He, however, noted that “private individuals and groups that have submitted proposals to get involved in animal husbandry, will receive the support of the federal government through the Edo State government for the success of their businesses”.

The governor enjoined Edo people to ignore an effort by some individuals to give political colouration to every government policy.   (The Sun)

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Fulani Herdsmen Killings: FG Okays 94 Ranches In 10 States |RN

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Job Osazuwa; Agaju Madugba, Katsina

The Federal Government yesterday unveiled plans to shop for N70billion for the establishment and management of pilot ranches in 10 states for the first three years.

The listed states are Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara.

Benue State government, in reaction, however, said it has no land to give. According to the state government, Benue, being the food basket of the nation, does not even have enough land for cultivation of food produce let alone to give for ranches.

This was in response to the recommendations of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FEMARD) and the National Economic Council (NEC) livestock conference.
The Federal Government presented the plan in Abuja, to permanently solve the farmers-herders conflicts, which claimed thousands of lives over the years.

Hundreds of people were killed this year alone in violence involving nomadic herdsmen in states including Benue, Plateau and Kaduna.

Aside from the loss of lives, Federal Government said Nigeria loses about $14 billion (N5.04 trillion) annually to the conflicts.

The presentation, made by the technical adviser to NEC, Mr. Andrew Kwasari, was witnessed by public officials including the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Kwasari’s presentation showed that the plan stemmed from meetings and recommendations by the FMARD and the NEC in 2017. The NEC is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with all state governors and some ministers as members.

The plan, tagged; “The National Livestock Transformation Plan,” was built on six key pillars.
They included economic investment, conflict resolution, law and order, humanitarian relief, information education and strategic communication as well as cross-cutting issues.

According to the plan, the economic investment pillar would support and strengthen the development of market-driven ranches in seven pilot states for improved livestock productivity through breed (genetic) improvement and pasture production, in addition to efficient land and water productivity.

The government also said it would rebuild social capital at the community level to promote mutual trust, confidence building and consolidate the peace process, with regards to the conflict resolution pillar.

The plan also showed that the law and order pillar would support the strengthening of legal frameworks for improving livestock production, peace and harmony.

The fourth pillar, humanitarian relief would focus on rebuilding and reconstructing of common facilities – worship places, markets and individual homes that have been destroyed.

The fifth pillar would aid information, education and strategic communication on the development of grazing reserves in the frontline states, and mitigate the consequences of the conflicts such as wanton loss of lives, destruction of properties, including schools and facilities.

The cross-cutting issues pillar identified various issues necessary to realise the objectives of the programme, which included monitoring and evaluation; and research to contribute evidence base on programme implementation; as well as gender mainstreaming.

The 10 identified states would receive pilot interventions in line with the recommendations and specifications in the plan.

The plan would include the creation of large ranches in each of these states.

“A ranch design plan has also been proposed in models of various sizes clustered in 94 locations in the 10 pilot states.

“The government intends to transition pastoralism to ranching in order to reduce the struggle for common resources,” Kwasari stated.

He said in terms of size, the proposed ranch size models are: “Cluster 30, 60, 150 and 300 cows ranch models in a location within the donated gazetted grazing reserves; and a minimum 1000 cows breeder ranch in seven of the 10 pilot states.”

The well-equipped ranches would, however, not come cheap.

He said, “total spending over the 10-year period is slightly in excess of N179 billion.

“FGN-states funding is meant for the first three years in the pilot phase, totalling about N70billion.”
Some of the benefits of the plan included “expected milk output to be in excess of 200million litres by the second year of the project (but the first year of productivity.

“Expected milk output of 700million litres of milk by the fourth year of the project.”
Ogbeh said: “We want to bring this crisis to an end. We will begin action in a matter of days.”
He said nomadic herding was not sustainable and Nigeria must adopt ranching.
He added that there has been a “strong partnership” between the federal and state governments; a view also espoused by Ortom whose state witnessed some of the most violent crises involving nomadic herdsmen.

He, however, argued that apart from implementing the new plan, the Federal Government must ensure that perpetrators of previous killings in the state were arrested and prosecuted.
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State said farmers should be held responsible for the widespread bloody clashes with herdsmen.

“It must be pointed out that the original grazing routes and grazing areas in many states of the federation have been encroached upon by people and this is one of the reasons herdsmen destroy peoples’ farms in search of food for their animals,” he said.
He spoke in a message he sent at the flag-off of the re-demarcation of cattle routes in the nine local government areas of the state.

He explained that the exercise would check the perennial conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, which he noted led to the loss of several lives and property.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, represented Masari at Kukar Babangida, in Jibia Local Government.

The project involved the re-establishment of 7,240 beacons in a stretch of 905 kilometres of local and international livestock routes.

Masari regretted that encroachment into grazing areas began several years back and but that most states failed to take necessary actions to address the matter.

He said: “We are determined to ensure peace and unity between herdsmen and farmers.”
“Our main focus is to change the unhealthy relationship existing between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, thus bringing to an end the culture of bloody violence.”

“Katsina State is the first to initiate and implement the programme but this cannot be sustainable if we do not complement the effort of government by ensuring that no one violates the rules of the initiative.”

The governor urged traditional rulers in the affected local government areas to give the committee executing the project, adequate support to enable it to discharge its assignment. (The Sun)

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