The Oasis Reporters
June 29, 2018
It is a reversal of irony indeed “that in some parts of Nigeria, when people die, they kill cows whilst in other parts of Nigeria, when cows die, they kill people”, according to an observation by Femi Fani-Kayode.
The spokesperson for the presidency, Femi Adesina had released a statement listing a long catalogue of bloodletting committed in sixteen years of PDP rule, as addition to the ethnic massacres committed under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress.
The statistics are frightening and questions if our humanity is based on the morbid propensity to massacre one another only, with our governments wringing their hands in utter helplessness, unable to stem it and fulfil the core mandate of protecting the citizens and making them feel secure in their homes and nation.
Once again, the Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Danladi Ciroma, has given reasons why the Fulani herdsmen militia carried out the pogrom against Berom natives in Plateau state. Uncannily, the reasons resemble the ones they gave in 2012 when the herdsmen militia massacred sleeping natives in the same Barkin-Ladi Local Government. Hon. Fulani Gyang and Senator Danfulani had joined the mourners to bury the dead after the overnight raid. Suddenly the Fulani herdsmen militia emerged from the bush and opened rifle fire. The two lawmakers were among those executed.
As in 2012, hear him again:
“These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human beings, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission.
“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them.
“Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.
“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas”.
It is always that they rustle their cows and disappear with those large animals! Nigerians who look beyond surfaces continue to wonder over the possibility of hiding those large animals in a twinkle of an eye with Fulani trackers unable to sniff the places out.
So incredulous is the MACBAN story that, according to Danladi Ciroma,
“Even soldiers that went after the criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot at by the armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows”.
He just dropped the clincher! Trained Nigerian soldiers who did exploits restoring peace in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other global flashpoints could not outrun and overtake alleged Berom youths escaping with large cows, perhaps some even pregnant?
Is that the Army that Nigeria is saddled with? Then such an ineffective and inefficient Army ought to be disbanded forthwith. They can neither protect the Fulani herdsmen, the Berom natives nor indeed the Fulani cows. Let People’s protection lie in the hands of the people for this army is simply not worth spending taxpayers money on, until we can raise a truly national army that will “belong to everybody and to nobody”.
The MACBAN Chairman goes on to issue another threat of attack:
“Though the security agencies have tried, they need to do more by being fair to all parties; they should not neglect any report presented by Fulani of Berom because such report can lead to attacks and deaths if not properly handled.
“Criminals thrive a lot in Berom communities, but when the Fulani, who are always victims of their crime, react with attacks, they blame the government”.
Danladi Ciroma talks about criminals in Berom land. There’s no mention of criminals within the Fulani tribe as well. Nor admit that Fulani has rustlers amongst them, and indeed kidnappers going by the testimony of those that paid ransom and secured their freedom from the Fulani kidnappers.
To the MACBAN leader, Beroms are always the aggressors, not the Fulani.
“These communities have leaders, why hide the criminals? They should fish out the criminals and hand them over to security agencies to avoid death of innocent ones.
“As it is today, the Berom man cannot go to farm, the Fulani cannot breed his cows in Berom Land. This can be stopped if the security agencies do more than what they are currently doing. The attacks will stop as soon as the security agencies stop Berom youths from stealing Fulani cows”.
Curiously he did not mention the issue of Cattle eating up the crops of Berom farmers and reducing them to penury.