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Tuesday 10 April 2018



Written by Obulose Chidiebere N.
For Family Writers Press

Prior to the Presidential election of 2015, the former spokesman for United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, Mr. Richard Grenell, clearly warned that electing the former Nigerian Military despot, Retired General Muhammadu Buhari, would spell doom not only for Nigeria but the entire continent of Africa. Mr. Richard Grenell who gave this warning in an article titled: "Nigeria on the brink", which was published in the Washington Times, of Thursday 19th March 2015, described Buhari as tirelessly working for the enthronement of Sharia Islamic law across Nigeria. He pointedly stated that this would pose a major challenge in the fight against terrorism not only in Nigeria but also in the African continent".

Fulani herdsmen terrorists have today become one of the dominating national security threats, than the dreaded Boko Haram and ISIS combined. Their terror activities have invariably gained momentum since the 2015 installation of Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria, as rightly predicted by Richard Grenell. There is no gainsaying the fact that these murderous and bloodsucking terror groups in the country, needs outright proscription.

It is disappointing to note therefore, that so much has been said and written about the Fulani herdsmen, but nothing has been done to curb their excesses. The persistent news of bloodshed and deaths perpetrated by these band of Islamic terrorism immigrants from Futa Djallon, has assumed an alarming proportion. The Nigerian dailies shamelessly though, have templates where reporters only effect minor changes in number of casualties before news alerts of attacks surface. From Abia to Zamfara, Abakiliki to Zaria, run the tales of pains and rivers of human blood on the trail of the barbaric acts of these Islamic killers. There exists, palpable fear of who next would be their next victims as echoed by Rev. Father Akam Felix Uche.

The incessant killings, rapes and destructions recorded by these vampires have exceeded boundaries. They are fully sponsored and dangerously armed with sophisticated weapons by their Aso Rock-based brethren, here in Nigeria. It has been tales of barbarism, gruesome killing, rape and destruction by these monsters who remain the foot soldiers of the Islamic despotic fundamentalist President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The United Nations definition of terrorism states thus: "Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public. A group of persons or particular persons for political purposes, which are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them....".

The United States Defense Department defines terrorism as: "The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear, intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious or ideological. Armed with the above definitions therefore, it is indisputably correct to say that the Fulani herdsmen are criminally terroristic and even assumes a more appropriate descriptive classification by the United Nations should they so consider a weightier name. This terror organization based on it's structured pattern of operations and antecedents, should be rated above and over every other known terrorism groups around the globe.

More than six million people as at today, are at the risk of starvation in Somalia and another fourteen million in South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen due to the activities of terrorism. It is the gravest emergency ever recorded in human history since the end of the second world war according to the United Nations. Source: New York Times of 12th June, 2017. This starvation danger is not just a resultant effect from drought but majorly caused by the activities of these Fulani herdsmen terrorists which force people out of their indigenous homes to seek refuge elsewhere, thereby leaving behind, a trail of destruction of both human lives and farm crops.

It is noteworthy to state here also that the Fulani killer herdsmen (terrorists) are ostensibly being empowered to commit genocide against indigenous people, conquer and colonise them. From my limited knowledge of definition of genocide, I can define it as a calculated crime of decimation or total wiping out of a people from their ancestral lands with particular reference to the evolving developments in Nigeria. Legal definition of genocide reads: Genocide as defined in article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of genocide (1948); "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group".

And according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP): "Article 8;

1) Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.

2) States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:

(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;

(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;

(c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;

(d) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them".

I hereby write to urge the International Community, Global Players, African Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Human Rights Organisations, United Nations and All People of Goodwill and Good Consciences around the globe, to expeditiously place a ban and proscribe Fulani herdsmen and their activities in Nigeria.  This is to avert the looming danger of a full blown war following the ceaseless atrocities being perpetrated in the country, with larger consequences spreading to the entire African continent. The Rwandan episode should not be allowed in this part of the world.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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