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Nomadic farming - The new bane of peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerian tribes?

13 October 2015, 19:08 Soetan Oluwafemi Gabriel

In its 15th Aug, 2015 publication, The Punch Newspaper reported a death toll of 621 people in 7 months, from clashes involving Fulani herdsmen, with more than half of this deaths occurring in Benue state in a single day of violence which left thousands of people homeless- a reverse genocide, where the hosts are being thrown and slaughtered out of their own homes by the visitors! Bolaji Omitola of the department of Political Science at the Osun State University, in his paper presented at the "5th Institute of Security Studies Conference on Crime and Crime Reduction", painted a picture of the herdsman as a partner to the Terrorist group-Boko Haram.

The fact is, I can't agree more! This is not because I have an unfounded proof that the Fulanis form a large majority of the Terrorist group but rather, in the unbending resolve that anything that further threatens the peace of a nation already rendered hapless and "vegetablish" by the throes of pain inflicted on it by corruption, lawlessness, disrespect for law and order, nepotism-(a few of the legion of woes that has metamorphosed into Nigeria's nemesis) is a no-lesser-evil than the named terrorism plague. This is not an ember-fanning piece to throw us into a violent orgy like the ones of the "wetie" era of Ibadan or the Igboman massacre in the North, rather, it is an attention-calling piece to those at the echelons of power in the country to calm frayed nerves here and there because, Nigeria cannot absorb a second civil war without breaking up.

Also read: Fulani herdsmen accused of raping, killing woman 

The latest agitators against the tyranny of the Fulani nomads- The Yorubas will garner more success where the orchestrates of the freedom for Biafra failed. But I tell you, the Yoruba are a wise,thoughtful, peaceloving,persevering set of people. However, once their patience is tested, they stiffly resist. The Lagos state 2015 gubernatorial polls will explain better, what I mean. The Yoruba's stance was well represented in the embodiment of the widely criticized speech of the Oba of Lagos.

That speech made clear who the hosts and visitors were in a city whose history and geographical projection unarguably pitches with the south westerners. Refusing to cut the Fulani Nomads any slack, I categorically state that their actions-though an admirable try at survival (from their on point of view), are over time, mocking the strength of the Nation's laws, straining the bonds of unity and successfully daring our limp judicial arm.

The quicker the government fixes its gaze on this growing threat, the better for peace in Nigeria, because, unlike the terrorist acts of Boko Haram which enjoys sympathy from no ethnic group and is subjected to criticism by all and sundry, this frowned-at Fulani nomadic activities enjoys the sympathy of some ethnic groups, thus having a more unity-threatening potential due to clash of interests and ideas, in other words if we don't take heed,we may have something bigger than terrorism in our hands, if you don't believe me, check out the issuance of threats and counter-threats making the rounds lately and the lousy ethnic undertone each statements carry, with matters being made worse by the dare-devil continual attacks of Femi Fani-Kayode's "The Fulani Herdsmen From Hell" 

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