It was quite a shock for Nigerians when the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari came to the defense of Fulani herdsmen, saying they are peaceful and loving people.
He says that it is false that the Fulani cattle rearers are responsible for thousands of death and destruction of properties in many parts of the country.
With the thousands of killings over the past one year all over Nigeria by these group of people, it is really hard for Nigerians to digest the statement from the Nigerian Monarch.
It is in fact a puzzle why Nigerian leaders from the north are blinded by the level of violence that this group of people has done.
The Nigerian President has and is still criticized for his wishy washy stand on the matter. He automatically turns a blind eye to the delicate issue. As the day goes by, these menace group of people take innocent lives, children and adult alike for no understandable reason.
This is a group of people who have shown that the life of one cow is worth more than the lives of an entire community.
No laws have been made to keep the Fulani terrorists from being armed and ruthlessly reducing human beings into butchered meat.
One can’t help but wonder, if the Nigerian government has succeeded in taking Boko Haram as tough as they were down to a zero and now ready to tackle the avengers, why in the world is it almost impossible to handle the supposedly peaceful tribe?
Till the word ‘peace’ gives a different meaning in the English dictionary, the Fulani herdsmen all over the country, without mincing words are terror suspects.
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari should probably wonder why Fulani-terrorists are identified internationally as the 4th most dangerous militants in the world. Terror is not and will never be an attribute of peace.
Is it not rather funny that till now not one guilty Fulani-terrorist has been apprehended and brought to justice? And there is a ruling government that promised to secure the people.
Joe Nworgu, of the Ohaneze Ndigbo hasd said:
“The security outfits have failed in their responsibilities of protection of lives and property. There has been repeated hue and cry across the nation over the extreme bloodletting of Ndigbo. It does not seem the authority of government is been respected.
“President Buhari’s stance suggests that he supports the activities of Fulani herdsmen. Buhari should be seen to address the urgent issue as it has gotten out of hand.
“What we hear everyday is rhetoric and lip service from government and security agencies. Not a single bandit has been apprehended or prosecuted. The Federal Government must put its feet down to find an immediate solution to these terrorist acts”.
The “peaceful” statement by the Emir of Ilorin flared up fury in the Western and South-east regions especially since they are the ones who bear the brunt of the Fulani menace.
Last week, the Fulani terrorist killed a clergy man, a 6-month old pregnant woman amongst others.
Reason? Their demand for people’s farmland to feed their cows. In a hard time as this, most Nigerian families depend on agriculture to sustain themselves and their families.
How unfair it is that the hardwork of months ends in the destruction of both farmlands and lives, courtesy of cattle grazing.
The slaughter mission of the Fulanis and the silent treatment from the government is still a mystery Nigerians hope will be unveiled soon enough. Hopefully there will be answers to these questions:
How did they get equipped with so much sophisticated arms and ammunition?
Who are their sponsors?
Who are the faceless cattle owners?
Why are these cattle owners not game for obtaining a ranch for their cattle (in the interest of peace)?
Is this a means to a political cum religious end?
Time, only time will tell.