The Oasis Reporters
July 6, 2019
Only recently, it was a market day in the little known village of Mai Dabino in Dan Musa local government area, just by Kankara. A source from the area told The Oasis Reporters, “bandits came out from the forest, attacked the market, killed dozens of people at random using AK47 rifles, stole foodstuffs and ran back into the bush”.
Dr. Katch Ononuju of Heritage Foundation, a research and development Think tank went there later and encountered protesting Hausa youths in Kankara, Katsina State. He pulled closer and questioned some of the youths on the reason for their protest and they were vehement in agreement that the bandits where Fulani tribesmen, most likely of West African origin. Mass massacre of indigenous Hausa aboriginals have become their trademark.
Katch Ononuju commented further: “Every tribe is involved in cattle rearing yet only the Fulani are killing Hausas in Dan Golbe, Dansadua, Malele, Anka, Maru, Bungudu, Kwatarkwashi and Kankara, and also
killing Gbagyi natives In Birnin Gwari, and Kajuru.
Killing Bachama people in Numan, Biroms in Barkin Ladi and Riyom, Tivs and Agatu people In Benue State, and also killing other people across Nigeria just to force us to submit our ancestral lands to resettle migrant Fulbes from Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Libya and other countries on lands cleansed of their ethnic owners.
Obasanjo was President but never sought to bring Yorubas from Togo, Benin and other countries into other people’s ancestral lands”.
To buttress his point, Dr. Ononuju whose upbringing was amongst the minority ethnic groups in Jos area of Plateau State where he also had his education, gave further insight into his observation and research on a Channels Television debate with Isiaku Rabiu Isiaku, as well as on the phone with The Oasis Reporters from Abuja.
According to him, he encountered some itinerant cattle herders on the way, then asked them questions in Hausa that they didn’t seem to understand, neither could they speak English. But the moment he changed over to French, ‘parle le vou Française ?’, ‘Qui’ they responded, and explained that they were from Mali.
There is deep and palpable anger seen as attempts by the government, dominated by ethnic Fulanis to resettle their brethren from other West African countries in Nigeria, on people’s ancestral lands in an attempt to change the country’s demographics and suddenly elevate them to the most populous tribe in Nigeria.
Writing in his usual columns across several fora, Prof. Farooq Kperogi says “it sounds counterintuitive, even ridiculously counterfactual, to suggest that an unreflective Fulani supremacist like Muhammadu Buhari is the single greatest threat to members of his ethnic group. But it’s true. Here is why.
Although I had always been aware of this fact, it was actually a Fulani person who caused me to develop a heightened consciousness of it. In a lengthy phone conversation last weekend, a cosmopolitan Nigerian of Fulani ethnicity shared with me his deep worries about the deepening animus toward the Fulani all over Nigeria”.
In recognition of the threat posed by the issue, members of the Northern Elders Forum have urged the Federal and state governments to adopt policies and positions which address the harassment of Fulani and their cattle, de-escalation of inciting rhetoric and actions and short and long-term solutions to the problems which could damage the livestock industry, worsen community relations and threaten national security.
“The nation should remain sensitive to its rising deficits in security of lives and economic assets and must do everything possible not to escalate tensions and distrust among Nigerians.
“Finally, as we urge the Northerners to heed the call for restraint made by the Coalition earlier pending the outcome of the meetings with the Northern Governors when NEF shall come out with a definite position on the matter,” he added.
If Hausa youths can begin to rise in anger over the suspected Fulani militia and the possible ruling class, political cooperation between the two groups might begin to witness a decline.