The Oasis Reporters
December 1, 2020
By Dr. Katch Ononuju
In other to understand the outpourings and dispersals of Fulani refugees from Mali and reason for Buhari’s attempts to hoodwink Nigerians with Cows colonies, Grazing reserves, Ruga and consolidation of water resources ploys, livestock development, Rivers & Oceans plus 6 knots embarking land therefrom ploys etc, etc, look no further beyond the war that occurred in Central Mali between the Fulani and the Dogons as prime reason.
I’m aware of the ignorance of many Nigerians about these things and will understand the position of those unaware of these maneuvers.
These issues started during the Goodluck Jonathan era as lots of Fulbes streamed into Nigeria from Central African Republic (CAR) after an internal crisis there forced them into the bushes as they ran for their lives, an outcome that arose out of a mismanagement of diversity with an ill thought out sectional coup d’etat in that country that failed due to people’s resistance and power.
The then Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan resisted occupation of parts of Benue by these refugees and the attempts on his life and other occurrences, are now history.
When Buhari assumed office and the Crisis in Mali peaked, some prominent Fulani leaders are alleged to have sold the idea of creating settlements across Nigeria for the refugees from Mali and C.A.R instead of working with regional leaders to achieve an implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali, some elements in government shrouded the gimmick as an agricultural initiative which was successfully defeated, forcing the champions of the scheme to rebrand it as cows colony which was also defeated, because governors sought to take charge.
It was then rebranded as Ruga, which also failed. This was equally punctured, forcing the champions of the ploy to look towards a consolidation of waters plus 6 kilometers of embarking land, that failed also, as those against the subterfuge worked to expose the scam.
The failure of these schemes forced a resort to the use of militiamen to gain lands through ethnic cleansing in several states of northern Nigeria.
To checkmate the Fulani Militias, Hausas formed the Yan Sakai militia, Yorubas formed Amotekun while other communities formed vigilantes.
General TY Danjuma and other elders informed Nigerians of the collusion between the government and the Fulani militias telling all to organize to defend themselves or be ready to be wiped out, while speaking on television. A presidency spokesman also suggested that it’s better for Nigerians to give up their ancestral lands, than die defending the lands.
The presidency is now hinting that all displaced people must get government clearance to return to their lands.
The killings in Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto , Bornu States and other places are driven by a struggle for land as that war over land is still on. Denying it will not make it go away.