The Oasis Reporters
January 29, 2018
The proposed cattle colonies plan put forward by the Federal Government may be stillborn after all, as people’s verbal resistance is giving the government cause to have a rethink. Many indigenous Nigerians have been having nightmares over the thought of having murderous Fulani herdsmen as next door neighbors on their traditional lands taken over by government fiat to give to the Fulanis who have no history of living in peace with their neighbors since the Fulani Jihad of 1804 in Northern Nigeria.
The people of Benue, Nassarawa, Plateau, Kaduna and many other states have very bitter stories of gory pogroms carried out in large scale by the Fulani militia in communities under one guise of stolen cows or just about any excuse.
The planned suspension of the scheme was said to be the resolution of the 10-man working committee constituted few days ago by the National Economic Council
The council has decided that states should proffer their own unique solutions to end attacks by herdsmen
According to the report, the committee proposed that the states should come up with the solutions after a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders.
The committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, comprises the governors of Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara states.
The report quoted an unnamed presidency official saying that the committee had resolved that the federal government would not impose any solution on any states.
The official, who craved anonymity, said Vice President Osinbajo stated in one of its recent meetings that fears being expressed on the cattle colonies proposed to establish by the federal government were misplaced.
He said the committee also resolved to work with the federal government to strengthen law enforcement as well all security and intelligence agencies so that they could coordinate better in dealing with the crisis and preventing it from further escalation.
He said the committee also resolved that decisive military force be fully engaged to deal with bandits “behind the killings in parts of the country especially regarding the crisis often associated with herdsmen.”
“The role of bandits and suspected mercenaries in what has become known as herdsmen/farmers clashes and violence may have provoked the need for a fresh approach to dealing with the crisis,” the official was quoted as saying.
He also said that the military was already engaged and would soon begin to take decisive steps to address the situation.
He said the police and other security agencies had also been directed to recruit more rank and file to beef up security in the troubled spots in particular and the country in general.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has given a marching order to security agencies in the country to tackle the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.
The president gave the directive on Thursday, January 25, at the National Security Council Meeting which he chaired in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, Buhari assured Nigerians that his government is doing everything possible to stem the tide of violence recorded frequently across the country.
It will be recalled that the bulk of the Fulani in Nigeria came from the Futa Jallon mountains in Guinea and Senegal on the back of a Fulani Jihad in 1804 led by Usman Dan Fodio that saw the killing of the Hausa kings and people on the guise that the practice of Islam in Northern Nigeria’s hausaland was impure. Since then, the hausas lost their various kingdoms, to be replaced by Fulani emirates and have been ruled so till date, with hausa land suddenly becoming Fulani land where cows are free to roam and destroy farmers crops.
All attempts made to get the Fulani to change to the more profitable and safer ranching of cattle has met with stiff resistance and internecine battles leading to wholesale massacres of communities.
Fulanis now have 30 million cows in Nigeria and they need more free land to keep them. Netherlands has only 5 million cows in ranches and they are global exporters of Peak milk netting several billions in dollars as revenue annually.
The Fulani with their nomadic cows since 1800 till date have not produced a single tin of powdered milk for local consumption but go about with AK47 rifles in various communities without let or hindrance.
Reason other Nigerians see no cheer in the forced cow colonies, championed by the government, incidentally led by politicians of Fulani extraction.