What is essential is that this dispute now needs to be internationalized. There is genocide being perpetrated by the herdsmen and we have a federal governmental security apparatus populated mainly by Fulani people who are clearly acting as interested parties in this conflict whilst feigning ignorance and objectivity.
Buhari, Buhari, Buhari: how many times did I call you? Do not disappoint Nigerians. Most of the people that voted for you know your weakness but they were convinced that given another opportunity, you would do better. Indeed, most of those people had prayed for your recovery and still support you. So far you have tackled Boko Haram better than your predecessor and the Country came out of economic recession, despite the fact that economy is not your expertise.
President Muhammadu Buhari said: ”There is something that hit me very hard and I am happy I hit it back at somebody. “Seven states of the North are only represented in my cabinet by junior ministers, ministers of state. In Southeast, I got 198,000 votes but I have four substantive ministers and seven junior ministers from there. You are closer to the people than myself now that I have been locked up here, don’t allow anybody to talk of ethnicity. It is not true.”
In reality, Buhari, 75, cannot run. The president who ran his 2015 campaign with messianic zeal has become the antithesis of hope. The sorry story of thousands of Nigerians who left the country in search of better life, trekking through the Sahara desert, only to end up in shackles in Libya is one example.
“Something that is disturbing that I have heard about is linking those developments to the fact that a Fulani man is president and so, he is brooking such kind of evil acts,” said the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, this week, adding that such violence predated Buhari’s administration. The herdsmen are mostly Muslim and the settled farmers are often Christian.
Shehu also said Buhari held the view, as many experts also do, that these conflicts are more often than not caused by major demographic changes in Nigeria, recalling that when Nigeria attained independence, the population of the country was estimated at about 63 million. “Today, the population is estimated at close to 200 million, while the land size has not changed and will not change. Urban sprawl and development have simply reduced land area both for peasant farming and cattle grazing.
Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Senatorial District, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to stop protecting Fulani herdsmen, saying their murderous attacks on farmers in various parts of the country have eroded the integrity of the government. Mr. Sani’s offered his advice in a press statement issued on Sunday. Titled “Herdsmen and Helmsmen”, the statement condemned the repeated horrors visited on farmers by the herdsmen.