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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

THE MENACE OF FULANI CATTLE HERDERS AND THE AGONY OF LAWLESSNESS

THE MENACE OF FULANI CATTLE HERDERS AND THE AGONY OF LAWLESSNESS



Moving cows around villages, towns and cities by the seemingly "above-the-law" Fulani cattle herders does not only constitute nuisance to the already overburdened public but has equally brought unbearable pain and misery to the innocent indigenous citizens within Nigeria and most particularly, the Indigenous People of Biafra.

Penning down this concern, stems out of my personal experience as a victim. I have earlier before now, been involved in an accident which was orchestrated by these marauding Fulani herdsmen, doing their private businesses across the places. I equally can tell of many people resident here in Nigeria and within Biafraland, who in one unpalatable way or the other, have also encountered this lawless herders with their cattle even in urban areas.

Most times, quite a number of cows are left uncontrolled, straying off, roaming aimlessly and encroaching dangerously into school premises with pupils and students in session, football pitches, motor parks, residential areas, government owned properties, market places, major highways, etcetera, causing stampedes, accidents and deaths. The question then is: are these cattle owners/herders realistically, putting up complaints of their primitive rearing techniques in urban areas amongst other places? The answer is Yes! But why are the indigenous population who have absolutely nothing at stake to do with this trade, with attached consequences, made to bear the brunt? Why the persistent intimidation by the powers that be which are sponsoring and supporting this wickedness of the Fulanis, against the people? What is the way forward out of this lawlessness?

The above questions are pertinent because many have been untimely sent to their graves as a result of this. Properties worth fortunes have been wantonly destroyed, dear relatives and bread winners in various families are no more, many have been brutalised and maimed, farm produce have been destroyed, etcetera. Must the people remain cowed for life in the face of all these acts of provocation and suppression? This is 21st century for goodness sake and these must not be allowed to continue.

It is really unsettling to note that most of our State Governors who on oath, ought to be the chief security officers of their respective states, have shamelessly compromised their constitutional responsibilities. They now play the "slaveboys" in their services to their Fulani political masters for selfish gains. They are not concerned that the lives of those they claim to govern as well as their lands are in danger of death, enslavement, conquest and occupation. It is really disappointing that the cries, pains and complaints of their own people do not touch their consciences.

They reside in their castles with their families, with maximum security protection, away from the growing mayhem being daily visited on their people by the Fulani killer herdsmen. They shuttle Abuja and elsewhere on flights and with array of escorts, unperturbed by the plights of the suffering masses.

The only pancea to these anomalies across Biafraland and elsewhere within the Nigerian contraption, is the freedom drive being resolutely championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. These atrocities must be contained and roundly defeated. Nigeria is a pain to humanity and must be dismembered. Biafra remains the only way to go. This evil enclave called Nigeria is doomed and let him that has wisdom and called a Biafran, get enlisted in the restoration struggle now.

Written by Nwaeze Onyekachi

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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