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Major General Muhammadu Buhari: The end of an age long Uthman Dan Fodio era

Major General Muhammadu Buhari: The end of an age long Uthman Dan Fodio era


The Tyrant Major General, Muhammadu Buhari is definitely an end to the age long Fulani agenda in Nigeria. The evils that the regime foisted on the country in the name of taking over the geographical space called Nigeria for the Fulanis knows no bounds but alas they have failed.


From Buhari's RUGA to the  finding of cattle routes and many other coordinated genocidal attacks and ethnic cleansing, rapes and kidnapping. Presidential open threats and support for terrorism. State attacks and killing of those with opposing views and voices. The regime has failed to conquer the country for Fulanis. Yet they are still wining as they are in charge of nation's affairs holding and controlling major sectors, parastatals, ministries and departments of government including the military.


No body, no oppressor willingly reliquist power, but it's the oppressed that must act and take it just like the ways Rivers and Lagos have just done in the areas of VAt/tax and the entire southern States have done in the areas of ban on open cattle grazing.

With such steps, Nigeria has entered into a new era of begging instead of threats as usual under this nepotic leadership. Reason We must deliberately remain vigilant.


*1. Gombe government begs Southern States to reconsider stance on VAT and be their Brothers keeper.*


*2. FIRS begs NASS to pass a bill setting up a Federal Revenue Court and putting VAT under exclusive legislative lists.*


*3. NASS begs INEC to reject electronic transmission of results.*


*4. Fulani terrorists surrendering in their thousands with their sponsors begging for amnesty for the criminals.*


*5. Miyetti Allah begs NASS to stop the Southern Governors anti open grazing law.*


*6. Buhari government begs the Plateau State people not to resort to self defenses in their fight against invading terrorists.*


*7. Miyetti Allah begs Lagos State government to delay the prohibition of open Cattle Grazing Bill because Cows may cost N2million each if the Bill is passed.*


*What is most shocking in all these begging is that the all powerful Miyetti Allah terrorist group too is finally begging. This is the group that openly announced that, "FULANI OWN ALL LANDS IN NIGERIA." And openly threatened and attacked a sitting Governor in Nigeria without repercussions. And the FG too threatened the people on behalf of the terrorist organization that it is; "either your land or your lives."*

*Times are changing indeed.*


*Maybe it is just dawning upon them that their principal has just about 20months left in his tenure and he has been unable to secure for them the promised free land all over the country. Rather than helping them to modernize their business into a multi-billion dollar businesses and exporting Industrial beef to the world, he has impoverished them the more and helped the anti open grazing laws to become the law of the land. The 8years of Buhari has become their albatross.*


*And a sitting Fulani Governor announced to the world that all foreign Fulanis are welcome to Nigeria without legal documentation. Their allegiance was to their ethnic group rather than to the country they have sworn to protect.*


*Meanwhile another Fulani General announced openly that repentant terrorists can become the president of Nigeria tomorrow.*


*To suddenly see such arrogant people suddenly resorting to begging is very suspicious and we must not let down our guards.*


*The impunity era is gradually coming to an end. The downtrodden indigenous people of Nigeria must remain steadfast, unified, strategic and vigilant to escort those who visited us with arranged insecurities, stealing, killing, destruction and kidnapping out of power and influence. And ensure that they are handed over to the War Crimes Commission.*


Also, Such less than minority normadic tribe with such nepotic tendencies should never again be allowed in a democratic settings to gain access to power in Nigeria and must be flushed out now.

Thanks.


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The Tyrant Major General, Muhammadu Buhari is definitely an end to the age long Fulani agenda in Nigeria. The evils that the regime foisted on the country in the name of taking over the geographical space called Nigeria for the Fulanis knows no bounds but alas they have failed.


From Buhari's RUGA to the  finding of cattle routes and many other coordinated genocidal attacks and ethnic cleansing, rapes and kidnapping. Presidential open threats and support for terrorism. State attacks and killing of those with opposing views and voices. The regime has failed to conquer the country for Fulanis. Yet they are still wining as they are in charge of nation's affairs holding and controlling major sectors, parastatals, ministries and departments of government including the military.


No body, no oppressor willingly reliquist power, but it's the oppressed that must act and take it just like the ways Rivers and Lagos have just done in the areas of VAt/tax and the entire southern States have done in the areas of ban on open cattle grazing.

With such steps, Nigeria has entered into a new era of begging instead of threats as usual under this nepotic leadership. Reason We must deliberately remain vigilant.


*1. Gombe government begs Southern States to reconsider stance on VAT and be their Brothers keeper.*


*2. FIRS begs NASS to pass a bill setting up a Federal Revenue Court and putting VAT under exclusive legislative lists.*


*3. NASS begs INEC to reject electronic transmission of results.*


*4. Fulani terrorists surrendering in their thousands with their sponsors begging for amnesty for the criminals.*


*5. Miyetti Allah begs NASS to stop the Southern Governors anti open grazing law.*


*6. Buhari government begs the Plateau State people not to resort to self defenses in their fight against invading terrorists.*


*7. Miyetti Allah begs Lagos State government to delay the prohibition of open Cattle Grazing Bill because Cows may cost N2million each if the Bill is passed.*


*What is most shocking in all these begging is that the all powerful Miyetti Allah terrorist group too is finally begging. This is the group that openly announced that, "FULANI OWN ALL LANDS IN NIGERIA." And openly threatened and attacked a sitting Governor in Nigeria without repercussions. And the FG too threatened the people on behalf of the terrorist organization that it is; "either your land or your lives."*

*Times are changing indeed.*


*Maybe it is just dawning upon them that their principal has just about 20months left in his tenure and he has been unable to secure for them the promised free land all over the country. Rather than helping them to modernize their business into a multi-billion dollar businesses and exporting Industrial beef to the world, he has impoverished them the more and helped the anti open grazing laws to become the law of the land. The 8years of Buhari has become their albatross.*


*And a sitting Fulani Governor announced to the world that all foreign Fulanis are welcome to Nigeria without legal documentation. Their allegiance was to their ethnic group rather than to the country they have sworn to protect.*


*Meanwhile another Fulani General announced openly that repentant terrorists can become the president of Nigeria tomorrow.*


*To suddenly see such arrogant people suddenly resorting to begging is very suspicious and we must not let down our guards.*


*The impunity era is gradually coming to an end. The downtrodden indigenous people of Nigeria must remain steadfast, unified, strategic and vigilant to escort those who visited us with arranged insecurities, stealing, killing, destruction and kidnapping out of power and influence. And ensure that they are handed over to the War Crimes Commission.*


Also, Such less than minority normadic tribe with such nepotic tendencies should never again be allowed in a democratic settings to gain access to power in Nigeria and must be flushed out now.

Thanks.


Anonymous Author

COAS IN IBADAN: NO ETHNIC PROFILING IN OYO STATE -GOVERNOR MAKINDE

COAS IN IBADAN: NO ETHNIC PROFILING IN OYO STATE -GOVERNOR MAKINDE



The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde has assured the general public that there is no ethnic profiling in the state. He pointed out that the government is rather poised to go after criminals no matter their position in the society.

Governor Makinde gave the assurance when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.


He solicited for continuous synergy between the government and security agencies as well as members of the society at large to fish out unscrupulous persons for peace, harmony and socio-economic growth in the state.


Commending the role 2 Division of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have been playing in the state, Governor Makinde pledged his support to carry out the onerous task of securing lives and property in the state.



In the same vein, His imperial Majesty, Olubadan of Ibadan Land , Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Ajeogunguniso 1, has described the role of the Nigeria Army as very important in the security architecture of the nation.The Olubadan stated this when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Popo Yemoja area of Ibadan. The Imperial Majesty described the role and actions of the COAS, especially in the war against insurgency and banditry as commendable, calling for collaboration between the traditional rulers and the security agencies for enduring solution to emerging security challenges in the country.


The Royal father, speaking through the Balogun of Ibadan Land, High Chief Akintoye Owolabi Olakunlehin prayed for a better and peaceful Nigeria in the near future.


He however urged the Army not to relent in its operations against bandits' and insurgents' hideouts which has culminated in their surrendering in droves.

Responding, both at the government house and the Olubadan palace, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya appreciated the support and cooperation enjoyed by the Army from the Oyo state government and Olubadan in council, as well as the good people of Oyo State. The COAS solicited for more support and pledged that the Nigerian Army will continue to carryout its constitutional duties effectively and perform the role of providing aid to civil authority, when called upon to do so.


He assured that the existing cooperation between the Army and other security agencies, both in the state and the country at large would be sustained and reinvigorated for the common goal of securing the nation for peace, unity and stability.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director
Army Public Relations
23 Aug 21



The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde has assured the general public that there is no ethnic profiling in the state. He pointed out that the government is rather poised to go after criminals no matter their position in the society.

Governor Makinde gave the assurance when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.


He solicited for continuous synergy between the government and security agencies as well as members of the society at large to fish out unscrupulous persons for peace, harmony and socio-economic growth in the state.


Commending the role 2 Division of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have been playing in the state, Governor Makinde pledged his support to carry out the onerous task of securing lives and property in the state.



In the same vein, His imperial Majesty, Olubadan of Ibadan Land , Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Ajeogunguniso 1, has described the role of the Nigeria Army as very important in the security architecture of the nation.The Olubadan stated this when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Popo Yemoja area of Ibadan. The Imperial Majesty described the role and actions of the COAS, especially in the war against insurgency and banditry as commendable, calling for collaboration between the traditional rulers and the security agencies for enduring solution to emerging security challenges in the country.


The Royal father, speaking through the Balogun of Ibadan Land, High Chief Akintoye Owolabi Olakunlehin prayed for a better and peaceful Nigeria in the near future.


He however urged the Army not to relent in its operations against bandits' and insurgents' hideouts which has culminated in their surrendering in droves.

Responding, both at the government house and the Olubadan palace, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya appreciated the support and cooperation enjoyed by the Army from the Oyo state government and Olubadan in council, as well as the good people of Oyo State. The COAS solicited for more support and pledged that the Nigerian Army will continue to carryout its constitutional duties effectively and perform the role of providing aid to civil authority, when called upon to do so.


He assured that the existing cooperation between the Army and other security agencies, both in the state and the country at large would be sustained and reinvigorated for the common goal of securing the nation for peace, unity and stability.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director
Army Public Relations
23 Aug 21

COUNT BENUE OUT: No gazetted land or cattle route in Benue State, Ortom tells Buhari

COUNT BENUE OUT: No gazetted land or cattle route in Benue State, Ortom tells Buhari


The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said there is no gazetted land or cattle route in Benue State therefore his state should be counted out of the proposed grazing reserves programme. 


Ortom insist that if the President Muhammadu Buhari must actualize his cattle agenda in Benue State, he  should be ready to kill all its inhabitants.


A statement by his chief press secretary Terver Akase futher opined that the State knows that grazing reserves and cattle routes are the only project that the President has for Nigeria, but Benue is not interested in such a project. 


The Governor is reacting to a statement credited to the Presidency

 indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recommendations of a committee to review “with dispatch,” 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, “to determine the levels of encroachment.”


Governor Ortom is not only shocked but disappointed at the statement. 


He maintained that the Federal Government has no constitutional right to appropriate lands for itself or anyone else for that matter without the approval of State Governors. 

"The Land Use Act has made Governors the custodians of all lands in their states.Nigeria is practicing democracy not despotism."He added.


Of greater concern to the Governor is the fact that insecurity has reached an all-time high with hundreds being killed by armed herdsmen, bandits and other terrorists, yet the Presidency is only bordered about animals and their safety and is deploying all machinery and arsenals of government to impose grazing reserves and cattle routes on Nigerians which is unacceptable! 


"It is now clear that the Presidency wants to plunge the country into avoidable crisis. 


Otherwise, what is the justification for President Buhari’s insistence that grazing reserves be established across the country when Nigerians have openly kicked against the policy and have embraced ranching in place of open grazing? 


Millions of Nigerians have been displaced following attacks by armed herders and are currently suffering in IDP camps. 


Benue State for instance has over 1.5 million displaced people with thousands living in camps and many more forced to flee their ancestral lands to stay under dehumanizing conditions in open fields. 


The Buhari administration does not seem to be worried about the food crisis already ravaging the country.


 Farmers have been chased into IDP camps by herders and children are dying of starvation, yet what is more important to their President is the well being of cows. "The Statement read in part. 


The Governor who expected the pitiable condition of the displaced people to be the preoccupation of the President whom they voted in 2015 and 2019 maintains that is unfortunate that the people’s love, trust and votes for Mr President are being rewarded with hate, cruelty and dictatorial policies aimed at grabbing their lands to donate to herders and cows. 


He challenged the Presidency to name what it has done to alleviate the plight of those displaced by herdsmen in Benue State since 2018. 


"What is the difference between the Buhari administration’s approach to insecurity and the Taliban agenda in Afghanistan? 


It is now evident that the government at the centre prioritizes the welfare of cattle over human beings and is bent on taking Nigeria back to the precolonial era.


The country has been turned to a cow republic by the present administration. "Ortom added.


He insists that the country has never been more divided on ethnic lines and sentiments as it is under President Buhari. 


While noting that the President may not be aware that all the northern states including his home state Katsina and the entire southern states have unanimously rejected open grazing of livestock and approved ranching Ortom insists the Presidency is whipping a dead horse on the issue of grazing reserves. 


He said those saddled with the duty of advising Mr President have apparently failed in their responsibility. 


"We also read the President’s comments yesterday at the National Security Council meeting where he threatened to sack Security Chiefs for what he termed failure to tackle insecurity in the country. 


Why won’t the Security Chiefs fail when the body language of the Commander-in-Chief points to a clan of sacred cows who must be spared and given protection to perpetuate evil? 


How will the Security Chief succeed when their formations are not well funded and the soldiers are left to confront terrorists who have superior weapons?


 If Mr President indeed made the statement attributed to him, he was not being fair to the security agencies. "The Statement added. 


He equally expressed disappointment over members of the committee which recommended that grazing reserves be established in parts of the country adding that they are the real enemies of Nigeria.



The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said there is no gazetted land or cattle route in Benue State therefore his state should be counted out of the proposed grazing reserves programme. 


Ortom insist that if the President Muhammadu Buhari must actualize his cattle agenda in Benue State, he  should be ready to kill all its inhabitants.


A statement by his chief press secretary Terver Akase futher opined that the State knows that grazing reserves and cattle routes are the only project that the President has for Nigeria, but Benue is not interested in such a project. 


The Governor is reacting to a statement credited to the Presidency

 indicating that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recommendations of a committee to review “with dispatch,” 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, “to determine the levels of encroachment.”


Governor Ortom is not only shocked but disappointed at the statement. 


He maintained that the Federal Government has no constitutional right to appropriate lands for itself or anyone else for that matter without the approval of State Governors. 

"The Land Use Act has made Governors the custodians of all lands in their states.Nigeria is practicing democracy not despotism."He added.


Of greater concern to the Governor is the fact that insecurity has reached an all-time high with hundreds being killed by armed herdsmen, bandits and other terrorists, yet the Presidency is only bordered about animals and their safety and is deploying all machinery and arsenals of government to impose grazing reserves and cattle routes on Nigerians which is unacceptable! 


"It is now clear that the Presidency wants to plunge the country into avoidable crisis. 


Otherwise, what is the justification for President Buhari’s insistence that grazing reserves be established across the country when Nigerians have openly kicked against the policy and have embraced ranching in place of open grazing? 


Millions of Nigerians have been displaced following attacks by armed herders and are currently suffering in IDP camps. 


Benue State for instance has over 1.5 million displaced people with thousands living in camps and many more forced to flee their ancestral lands to stay under dehumanizing conditions in open fields. 


The Buhari administration does not seem to be worried about the food crisis already ravaging the country.


 Farmers have been chased into IDP camps by herders and children are dying of starvation, yet what is more important to their President is the well being of cows. "The Statement read in part. 


The Governor who expected the pitiable condition of the displaced people to be the preoccupation of the President whom they voted in 2015 and 2019 maintains that is unfortunate that the people’s love, trust and votes for Mr President are being rewarded with hate, cruelty and dictatorial policies aimed at grabbing their lands to donate to herders and cows. 


He challenged the Presidency to name what it has done to alleviate the plight of those displaced by herdsmen in Benue State since 2018. 


"What is the difference between the Buhari administration’s approach to insecurity and the Taliban agenda in Afghanistan? 


It is now evident that the government at the centre prioritizes the welfare of cattle over human beings and is bent on taking Nigeria back to the precolonial era.


The country has been turned to a cow republic by the present administration. "Ortom added.


He insists that the country has never been more divided on ethnic lines and sentiments as it is under President Buhari. 


While noting that the President may not be aware that all the northern states including his home state Katsina and the entire southern states have unanimously rejected open grazing of livestock and approved ranching Ortom insists the Presidency is whipping a dead horse on the issue of grazing reserves. 


He said those saddled with the duty of advising Mr President have apparently failed in their responsibility. 


"We also read the President’s comments yesterday at the National Security Council meeting where he threatened to sack Security Chiefs for what he termed failure to tackle insecurity in the country. 


Why won’t the Security Chiefs fail when the body language of the Commander-in-Chief points to a clan of sacred cows who must be spared and given protection to perpetuate evil? 


How will the Security Chief succeed when their formations are not well funded and the soldiers are left to confront terrorists who have superior weapons?


 If Mr President indeed made the statement attributed to him, he was not being fair to the security agencies. "The Statement added. 


He equally expressed disappointment over members of the committee which recommended that grazing reserves be established in parts of the country adding that they are the real enemies of Nigeria.


A Year After: Uncountable Developments By Abiodun KOMOLAFE

A Year After: Uncountable Developments By Abiodun KOMOLAFE

Pa Sunday Alaba Komolafe

Both time and moments are separate but distinct realities. They are both real but, at a point, one ceases from the realm of conscious reality. Whereas time is a reoccurring phenomenon, moments are recorded in time. Still, it lives on in the inner recesses of our minds. The important thing to note here is that one must take moment seriously. Time will reoccur but moment won't represent itself. The way out? Let us be time-conscious and use time to make the best of the moment.

 

A year ago, my father, Pa Sunday Alaba Komolafe, was alive on Planet Earth. Though, he is no longer physically with us, this nice man and warm soul still lives in the memory of many people, including yours sincerely, his eldest child. My best friend and confidant exited this wide, wild world of war, misery and uncertainty, precisely, on August 11, 2020. He was aged 92. A year after, my father's death still looks like a faraway movie! It's like being a guest at a cinema in bewildered amusement. 


But, how has life been and what has become of our world, since that fateful Tuesday morning, when my dad breathed his last? A lot has happened at supersonic speed to the amazement of all of us.

 

To start with, within the last one year of my father's demise, the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, appointed me as one of his aides. I thank him! COVID-19 also remains a formidable adversary to the planet and credible threat to all human civilizations. 

 

During the period under review, the security architecture and tragedy report situation of Nigeria has gone from being bad to being frighteningly worse. In our world, human life is now 10-for-10k! It is no longer as sacred as it used to be! Integrity has not only become a casualty of entrenched deceit, the hitherto much-touted harmonious communal coexistence among the citizens also seems to have relocated elsewhere. 


Before our very eyes, bandits seem to have perfected the modality of persuading the State that certain amount of money can only release certain numbers of captives. Of course, that's an eloquent representation of the functional capability of Nigeria as a Sovereign State. But, thank God Pa Komolafe is no longer here to witness these egregious infractions of the ascribed attributes of the State and the violent breach of our Constitution; because his assumption had always been that the sovereignty of the State cannot be successfully challenged by a group of people or associational identities; and that Nigerians submitted their personal liberty, willingly, to the sovereignty of the Nigerian State with the belief that the State would take care of them. Unfortunately, now, when bandits strike, all that the State does is go a-begging, cap-in-hand, at the outposts of the bandits, oftentimes, appealing to the dead conscience of the murderers. 

 

In our part of the world, food insecurity beckons! The menace of herders’ killings and banditry alone has caused farmers to talk to their feet from farm settlements. So, who'll produce what we'll eat? 

 

On the economic front, it is as if the falcon has stopped hearing the falconer. To compound matters, economic tools, theories and big economic policies have, at best, proved to be counter-productive. Here, history has proven to have infinite capacity to repeat itself, severally! Barely a year ago, $1 went for about N380.00. Currently, $1 goes for about N550.00. 

 

In the area of commerce, trading activities and earnings of the people have plummeted. The banks are short-changed in their ability to provide loanable funds to would-be investors. Most of the adult population no longer save money. Instead, they spend their little earnings _a la_ survival instincts. Power supply remains erratic. Potable water is also becoming something else. Unemployment is flying to the roof; and _'Area Boys'_ are multiplying everywhere. The situation has become so horrible that salary earners are themselves no longer happy. No thanks to the declining purchasing power of their take-home. 


The good news is that the national government is doing its best to stem the untoward situation of the country. The recent delivery of Tucano Jets is no doubt a booster to our Armed Forces.

 

At a time like this, we must remember that our forbears bequeathed to us values that should serve as a guiding compass for our Public Administration. It's not always about money or material things. Good name should be treasured above gold. A deviation from this ancient value is what is causing the _'rudurudu'_ in the land.

 

Yes, my late dad might not have had the Dangote-kind of money but this man of masculine energy and spiritual candor bequeathed the substance of life to us, his children; and, whoever was opportune to pass through him. My father taught us how to trust in God and how to have trust in other people, too!  Sadly, that element is missing in today's world. In fact, it's so bad that the electorate does no longer trust the elected officers. Coincidentally, the elected officers are also aware they are not trusted by the masses. So, it's now a case of _'ijamba ta fun ijamba ra. Ole gbee, ole gbaa.' 'Thief take am, thief collect am!'_ This makes it a precarious situation! The irony of it all is that there doesn't seem to be a consensus on how to move the country forward. And that's where the real trouble lies!

 

While he lived, _'Baba Kayode',_ as he was fondly called, never derailed from God. Whenever I needed help and I went to him; even, when he didn't have the cash or related material things to give, my father's solace was always in _Jehovah Jireh!_ To him, as long as God liveth, He would always provide. And that's a serious legacy, because, even, if he had; and he decided to give me all the billions of naira in this world to solve my problems, how would he have solved a problem which status and stature were beyond money? Had he not the God he was always crying to, wouldn't that have been a disaster? 

 

Speaking for myself, each time my mind is troubled, and there's no mortal being to take my case to, I always ask, albeit, rhetorically: _'what would my father have done in this situation?'_ Of course, my late dad would pray, and ask God for direction. Thankfully, my two little kids, aged 11 and 8, have taken after their late grandfather. They already know how to fast and what it means to pray. As God would have it, they have been able to see that God does answer prayers. I can only pray that the Strength of Israel would sustain them in His path.

 

In the last analysis, yours sincerely is grateful to God that He took my beloved dad away when we still had a semblance of manageable normal situation. Take it or leave it, nothing concerns _'Baba Kayode'_ with Sunday Igboho or Nnamdi Kanu and their agitations again.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, continue to rest the soul of my father and comfort the family he left behind!

 

 _*KOMOLAFE wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected])_

Pa Sunday Alaba Komolafe

Both time and moments are separate but distinct realities. They are both real but, at a point, one ceases from the realm of conscious reality. Whereas time is a reoccurring phenomenon, moments are recorded in time. Still, it lives on in the inner recesses of our minds. The important thing to note here is that one must take moment seriously. Time will reoccur but moment won't represent itself. The way out? Let us be time-conscious and use time to make the best of the moment.

 

A year ago, my father, Pa Sunday Alaba Komolafe, was alive on Planet Earth. Though, he is no longer physically with us, this nice man and warm soul still lives in the memory of many people, including yours sincerely, his eldest child. My best friend and confidant exited this wide, wild world of war, misery and uncertainty, precisely, on August 11, 2020. He was aged 92. A year after, my father's death still looks like a faraway movie! It's like being a guest at a cinema in bewildered amusement. 


But, how has life been and what has become of our world, since that fateful Tuesday morning, when my dad breathed his last? A lot has happened at supersonic speed to the amazement of all of us.

 

To start with, within the last one year of my father's demise, the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, appointed me as one of his aides. I thank him! COVID-19 also remains a formidable adversary to the planet and credible threat to all human civilizations. 

 

During the period under review, the security architecture and tragedy report situation of Nigeria has gone from being bad to being frighteningly worse. In our world, human life is now 10-for-10k! It is no longer as sacred as it used to be! Integrity has not only become a casualty of entrenched deceit, the hitherto much-touted harmonious communal coexistence among the citizens also seems to have relocated elsewhere. 


Before our very eyes, bandits seem to have perfected the modality of persuading the State that certain amount of money can only release certain numbers of captives. Of course, that's an eloquent representation of the functional capability of Nigeria as a Sovereign State. But, thank God Pa Komolafe is no longer here to witness these egregious infractions of the ascribed attributes of the State and the violent breach of our Constitution; because his assumption had always been that the sovereignty of the State cannot be successfully challenged by a group of people or associational identities; and that Nigerians submitted their personal liberty, willingly, to the sovereignty of the Nigerian State with the belief that the State would take care of them. Unfortunately, now, when bandits strike, all that the State does is go a-begging, cap-in-hand, at the outposts of the bandits, oftentimes, appealing to the dead conscience of the murderers. 

 

In our part of the world, food insecurity beckons! The menace of herders’ killings and banditry alone has caused farmers to talk to their feet from farm settlements. So, who'll produce what we'll eat? 

 

On the economic front, it is as if the falcon has stopped hearing the falconer. To compound matters, economic tools, theories and big economic policies have, at best, proved to be counter-productive. Here, history has proven to have infinite capacity to repeat itself, severally! Barely a year ago, $1 went for about N380.00. Currently, $1 goes for about N550.00. 

 

In the area of commerce, trading activities and earnings of the people have plummeted. The banks are short-changed in their ability to provide loanable funds to would-be investors. Most of the adult population no longer save money. Instead, they spend their little earnings _a la_ survival instincts. Power supply remains erratic. Potable water is also becoming something else. Unemployment is flying to the roof; and _'Area Boys'_ are multiplying everywhere. The situation has become so horrible that salary earners are themselves no longer happy. No thanks to the declining purchasing power of their take-home. 


The good news is that the national government is doing its best to stem the untoward situation of the country. The recent delivery of Tucano Jets is no doubt a booster to our Armed Forces.

 

At a time like this, we must remember that our forbears bequeathed to us values that should serve as a guiding compass for our Public Administration. It's not always about money or material things. Good name should be treasured above gold. A deviation from this ancient value is what is causing the _'rudurudu'_ in the land.

 

Yes, my late dad might not have had the Dangote-kind of money but this man of masculine energy and spiritual candor bequeathed the substance of life to us, his children; and, whoever was opportune to pass through him. My father taught us how to trust in God and how to have trust in other people, too!  Sadly, that element is missing in today's world. In fact, it's so bad that the electorate does no longer trust the elected officers. Coincidentally, the elected officers are also aware they are not trusted by the masses. So, it's now a case of _'ijamba ta fun ijamba ra. Ole gbee, ole gbaa.' 'Thief take am, thief collect am!'_ This makes it a precarious situation! The irony of it all is that there doesn't seem to be a consensus on how to move the country forward. And that's where the real trouble lies!

 

While he lived, _'Baba Kayode',_ as he was fondly called, never derailed from God. Whenever I needed help and I went to him; even, when he didn't have the cash or related material things to give, my father's solace was always in _Jehovah Jireh!_ To him, as long as God liveth, He would always provide. And that's a serious legacy, because, even, if he had; and he decided to give me all the billions of naira in this world to solve my problems, how would he have solved a problem which status and stature were beyond money? Had he not the God he was always crying to, wouldn't that have been a disaster? 

 

Speaking for myself, each time my mind is troubled, and there's no mortal being to take my case to, I always ask, albeit, rhetorically: _'what would my father have done in this situation?'_ Of course, my late dad would pray, and ask God for direction. Thankfully, my two little kids, aged 11 and 8, have taken after their late grandfather. They already know how to fast and what it means to pray. As God would have it, they have been able to see that God does answer prayers. I can only pray that the Strength of Israel would sustain them in His path.

 

In the last analysis, yours sincerely is grateful to God that He took my beloved dad away when we still had a semblance of manageable normal situation. Take it or leave it, nothing concerns _'Baba Kayode'_ with Sunday Igboho or Nnamdi Kanu and their agitations again.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, continue to rest the soul of my father and comfort the family he left behind!

 

 _*KOMOLAFE wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected])_

Benefits of Rabbit Meat to Sex Organ, Pregnancy and Body System

Benefits of Rabbit Meat to Sex Organ, Pregnancy and Body System


Rabbit meat remains one of the best meat you can think of. This is because of its high nutritional profile as it contains protein higher than that of beef and chicken. The human body needs a good amount of protein to work well.


This white meat has a low calorie and saturated fat content making it a balanced food for your health goals. It has a very sweet taste, sweeter than chicken and pork meat. But it is quite unfortunate that we don’t eat enough of this meat.


It will also interest you to know that there are no many bones in this meat as 80% of it is flesh with a lot of natural and nutritional benefits.


 

The nutritional profile of rabbit meat

A served rabbit meat of 100 grams contains;


33g (66%) protein

173 calories

3.5g (5%) total fat

15% vitamin

123mg (41%) cholesterol

343mg (9%) potassium

45mg (1%) sodium

27% iron

7% magnesium

1% calcium

The health benefits of rabbits meat 

Male fertility 


 

*Rabbit meat has been known to strengthen sexual health by helping to improve sexual potency in males. This meat contains minerals like zinc and selenium which the body system needs to produce antioxidants and stimulate the production of sperm cells. It is a good cure for low sperm counts and with enough healthy sperms you can give birth to as many children as you want.*


*The best meat for pregnant women*


 

As a pregnant woman if you are looking for healthy meat, rabbit meat is a good option for you. This meat is very easy to digest, with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and proteins that your body and your baby need.


*Brain function and development* 


This meat is often recommended for both young and old as it contains enough minerals needed for the proper functioning of the brain and brain development in children.


*Improves your immune system*


Rabbit meat is rich in minerals like magnesium which is very useful in boosting your body’s immune system, needed to fight against disease and foreign materials in your body.


*Low in fats* 


 

Rabbit contains low fat with about 3.46g in every 100g of served rabbit meat. This gives the body a lot of health benefits as this help to reduce weight and cholesterol level. Saving you from heart disease and high blood pressure.


*Low sodium content*


The amount of sodium in rabbit meat is less compared to other meat. The inability of the kidney to remove excess water in your body can be traced to excess sodium which can lead to high blood pressure. Taking rabbit meat can help you better than other meat in reducing this blood pressure.


*Good for your heart* 


Rabbit meat contains potassium that helps improve the elasticity of our blood vessels resulting in a healthy heartbeat. This mineral also helps to regulate excess sodium as the more potassium in your body the more sodium you will release through urine.


 

*For healthy teeth and bones*


The presence of bone minerals like calcium in this meat helps to prevent osteoporosis which is a major problem resulting from calcium deficiency.


Rabbit meat remains one of the best meat you can think of. This is because of its high nutritional profile as it contains protein higher than that of beef and chicken. The human body needs a good amount of protein to work well.


This white meat has a low calorie and saturated fat content making it a balanced food for your health goals. It has a very sweet taste, sweeter than chicken and pork meat. But it is quite unfortunate that we don’t eat enough of this meat.


It will also interest you to know that there are no many bones in this meat as 80% of it is flesh with a lot of natural and nutritional benefits.


 

The nutritional profile of rabbit meat

A served rabbit meat of 100 grams contains;


33g (66%) protein

173 calories

3.5g (5%) total fat

15% vitamin

123mg (41%) cholesterol

343mg (9%) potassium

45mg (1%) sodium

27% iron

7% magnesium

1% calcium

The health benefits of rabbits meat 

Male fertility 


 

*Rabbit meat has been known to strengthen sexual health by helping to improve sexual potency in males. This meat contains minerals like zinc and selenium which the body system needs to produce antioxidants and stimulate the production of sperm cells. It is a good cure for low sperm counts and with enough healthy sperms you can give birth to as many children as you want.*


*The best meat for pregnant women*


 

As a pregnant woman if you are looking for healthy meat, rabbit meat is a good option for you. This meat is very easy to digest, with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and proteins that your body and your baby need.


*Brain function and development* 


This meat is often recommended for both young and old as it contains enough minerals needed for the proper functioning of the brain and brain development in children.


*Improves your immune system*


Rabbit meat is rich in minerals like magnesium which is very useful in boosting your body’s immune system, needed to fight against disease and foreign materials in your body.


*Low in fats* 


 

Rabbit contains low fat with about 3.46g in every 100g of served rabbit meat. This gives the body a lot of health benefits as this help to reduce weight and cholesterol level. Saving you from heart disease and high blood pressure.


*Low sodium content*


The amount of sodium in rabbit meat is less compared to other meat. The inability of the kidney to remove excess water in your body can be traced to excess sodium which can lead to high blood pressure. Taking rabbit meat can help you better than other meat in reducing this blood pressure.


*Good for your heart* 


Rabbit meat contains potassium that helps improve the elasticity of our blood vessels resulting in a healthy heartbeat. This mineral also helps to regulate excess sodium as the more potassium in your body the more sodium you will release through urine.


 

*For healthy teeth and bones*


The presence of bone minerals like calcium in this meat helps to prevent osteoporosis which is a major problem resulting from calcium deficiency.

SUNDAY IGBOHO AND THE SPIRIT OF OGBORI ELEMOSO

SUNDAY IGBOHO AND THE SPIRIT OF OGBORI ELEMOSO

Festus Adedayo



Two of Yorubaland’s most prized states’ helmsmen – Governors Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Seyi Makinde – have made very strong but seemingly diametrically opposed positions on the security of their people, making it the most talked about issue in the nation today. In recent time, their Ondo and Oyo States have become hotbeds of the scalding hot security crises in Northeastern and Northwestern Nigeria. Flakes of the unending years of savage Boko Haram war in the Northeast are whooshing gently but destructively and settling on Western Nigeria. Fleeing displaced Northerners who escape to the bosom of Oduduwa are stretching Southwest space beyond tolerable level. Infrastructure is becoming unbearably elasticized. Firepower of artilleries is stampeding insurgents from the theater of war and with mounting fire of Northwest banditry, forests of Yorubaland are now comparatively safe havens for fleeing warlords. At the same time, proceeds of kidnapping in Yorubaland are said to be surviving funds renegades of Northeast insurgents and ragtag armies of the bandits of Northwest remit home for the sustenance of their evil war. Unable to withstand the economic weather at home, their neglect by government and the Islamic tzedakah system that constituted their survival for centuries, northern beggars and vagrants are also migrating westwards in thousands.


The above alien challenges have successfully defaced the aesthetics and perforated the peace of Yorubaland. The army of beggars in Southwest today will sober even Senegalese-born author and first published Black African Francophone novelist, Aminata Sow Fall of the Beggars’ Strike fame. In Ibadan, for instance, beggars paste themselves like foamy lather round the Mokola overhead bridge, in almost a hundred, while their kindred are scattered round the city in embarrassing proportions. They even have the temerity to sun-dry their tattered clothes on the Ibadan bridge’s metal railings which they have converted into their balustrade. The second evil is the small weevils in the form of ubiquitous young northern bicycle riders, known as Okada, which infest the land like irritant locusts. They are deadly riders who have no respect for traffic rules or law and order. They are responsible for a horde of fatalities on the highway.


One man who should know, Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun, Col Kunle Togun, (rtd) last week introduced a new dimension to the infestation. Many of the Okada riders, he said, are foreigners and spies for kidnappers and bandits who enter Yorubaland through Nigeria’s porous borders. According to him, ferried into Oyo and other Yoruba States during the COVID-19 lockdown via articulated lorries, most of these Okada riders cannot speak any of the Nigerian languages or English but French and have no known residency permit. Coming on the heels of this invasion is another internal invasion, said Togun. It comes in the form of Yoruba traditional rulers allocating lands to Fulani herdsmen and who, “take money, cows and cars from these people and allow them to settle and wreak havoc in their domains.

In January, 2018, I had written about the deadliness of Fulani herders. Fulani herdsmen have been declared one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI). In a survey, GTI said the herdsmen, mainly of the Fula ethnic group, killed 80 people in total in 2013 but by 2014, had murdered at least 1,229 people. The group, according to the report, operates between Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic (CAR) and had killed 847 people in 2015 across five states in Nigeria through several coordinated attacks during which they inflict varying degrees of attacks on local civilian populations. According to GTI, the attacks were unleashed on private citizens and the Fulani terrorists’ primary and audacious contest is for the farmlands of their victims. These are the people the Nigerian government covers in baby shawl.

President Muhammadu Buhari and a few of his uncritical minded aides have annoyingly sought to legitimize Fulani invasion of Yorubaland and their audacious evils. In September 2018, on the sidelines of the China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing, while addressing Nigerians, Buhari personally lapsed into a variant of his usual incoherent epistle, this time adumbrating why herdsmen terrorism persists in Nigeria. “To my disappointment…the press in Nigeria do not make enough efforts to study the historical antecedents of issues that are creating national problems for us,” the president had waffled, citing what he called “cultural and historical implications” as responsible for the mindless murders and impunity of his brother-Fulani herdsmen.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the president’s deployment of callous euphemisms in the service of his waffle. He labeled the Fulani carnage “misunderstanding, especially between herders and farmers” finally heaping the blame of the persistent murders on climate change and the drying up of Lake Chad. This, he claimed, necessitated the frenetic search for pastures by displaced cattle nomads. About the same time, his Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, another Fulani descent, toed same vacuous route of the drying-up of Lake Chad, as well as scarcity of pasture as cause of the Fulani mayhem. At another forum, we were told that renegades of Muammar Gaddafi’s armed men found their ways out of Tripoli to Nigeria with weapons and mutated into the killer herdsmen. At yet another forum, Buhari laid the blame squarely on the doorsteps of ISIS and later, on spiritic opposition members who, in the quest to tar-brush his government, have been funding the mayhem. Buhari’s incoherence has ceased to baffle intelligent listeners.

When it was reported that this self-same Fulani herdsmen had killed Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, along the Ondo-Ore road bordered by thick forests, Buhari again deployed his legendary incoherence. Fulani herdsmen were not responsible for her murder. Armed robbers, he said, killed her.

Unarguably, no one in the Buhari government has been as recklessly audacious in hurting victims of herdsmen’s terrorism as Garba Shehu, the President’s media aide. Shehu has constituted himself into the most notorious presidential megaphone renowned for his divisive comments on Nigeria’s interminable insecurity issue. A few hours after Governor Akeredolu articulated the views of the people he governs, announcing that the Ondo forest, which Fulani herders use as umbrella to commit heinous acts of murder and mindless terrorism, would no longer be accessible for their impunity, Garba shot a verbal poisonous arrow at the people of Ondo State, nay Yorubaland.

Clothing his garrulousness in the cloak of law, his statement also rankled with an argumentative pitfall called appeal to the person. Shehu began his fallacy with Akeredolu being “a seasoned lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and indeed, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)” and that he had “fought crime in his state with passion and commitment,” but, “in our view,” he said, “would be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.” Garba’s doggerel also appealed to “rights groups” and “makers of our constitution” who he said would be worried by Akeredolu’s action which he claimed “could set off a chain of events which he foresaw and tried to guard against.” He was apparently borrowing a leaf from his master’s incoherence.

To begin with, that statement was one of the swiftest to come from a presidency that seems in perpetual somnolence. It underscores Fulani issue being at the core of Buhari’s emotions. It came less than 24 hours after Akeredolu’s. As usual, it was a bid to again beatify Fulani herders who are known to be responsible for the spate of kidnappings and murders in the Southwest. But Akeredolu would not allow such hogwash dressed in a presidential bandana. “Shehu’s statement is a brazen display of emotional attachments and it’s very inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria. We need clearly defined actions on the part of the federal government to decimate the erroneous impression that the inspiration of these criminal elements masquerading as herdsmen is that of power,” he said. He successfully echoed bothers on the streets that the Buhari government provides a nestling comfort and hibernation for Fulani killers and values the lives of his fellow Fulani cows more than Nigerians’.

Compared to the unusual valour, courage and strength demonstrated by Akeredolu, on the superficial, Makinde sounded like one kowtowing before the Fulani vermin sucking the blood of Yorubaland. However, if you were abreast of some of the issues oscillating in Oyo State, you cannot but act with Makinde’s kind of caution. One is that, but for his latter-day claim to fighting for the people, the name Sunday Igboho was associated with violence, land-grabbing, tyranny and political gangsterism. Hundreds of families who have, over the years, fallen victim of Igboho’s land-related violence would be very circumspect on the real motive of his new-found activism.

I suspect that this de-javu undergirded the governor’s fear on Igboho. Should government accommodate the Igboho irritancy and promote outlaws in urgent thirst of rebranding into undeserved heroism? Which is more desirable in the bid to rout the Fulani criminal elements: embrace the crudity of rogue elements and their lawlessness, resort to their outlandish interventions and by that, justifying the pains and despair they inflicted on the people? In theory, any government which openly goes into an unholy dalliance with the lord of thugs cannot earn the respect of the people of Oyo State.

However, the above operates in the realm of theory.  No governor is Chief Security Officer of his state, except in nomenclature. Seizing on the vacuum in security over the years and the known powerlessness of governors to rescue them from their tormentors, Igboho has become a hero among the traumatized people of Oyo State and as such, response to his call to arms is awesome. His heroism seems to have obliterated the long years of his infamy from the minds of the people. Today, Igboho is the David to the rescue of the people from the Fulani Goliath, their own Ogbomoso’s Ogbori Elemoso of the 15th century, and Makinde seems inconsequential in the equation.

So, is Sunday Igboho a reincarnation of Ogunlola? The story of Elemoso cannot be divorced from the Ogbomosho history, its civilization and conquest. It is the story of Olabanjo Ogunlola Ogundiran, an Ibariba. In 1650, history reported that Ogunlola and his wife named Esuu migrated to current site of Ogbomoso in continuation of his hunting expeditions. They settled beside the Ajagbon tree. With other hunters, Aale, a Nupe descendant; Onisile and Orisatola, they formed the Alongo, a system of administration aimed at securing their settlement against wild animals and enemy invasion. Imprisoned in Oyo-Ile for his oft delve into criminal activities, Ogunlola heard of the notoriety of a wicked and deadly character called Elemoso who was terrorizing Oyo-Ile people. He was believed to be a spirit. Ogunlola then went to the Alaafin to ask for his permission to confront this terror. At the palace, as Ogunlola told the king of his quest, palace courtiers shouted, “Elemoso, eni t’a o ri! Iwo ke! – Elemoso, an invincible man! You?” Grudgingly, Alaafin gave him the go-ahead and Ogunlola stormed Elemoso’s camp and shot him with an arrow, beheaded him and proceeded to the palace with the decapitated Elemoso.

On the surface and judging by his actions since he became governor, Makinde doesn’t seem to harbor any motive to be a Fulani fawner. More than many of his ilk in the PDP, he has fought the Buhari government’s policies most vigorously and has made the federal government look very stupid thereby, subtly underscoring the tissues of issues in true practice of federalism. His stubborn defiance of federal government’s herd mentality of COVID-19 lockdown and school resumption dates are core examples.

That notwithstanding, Makinde and the rest governors of the Southwest would need to flirt after what I call the Akeredolu spirit if they are to be respected by their people. Not doing this will make them to be worthless in the people’s estimation like Muhammadu Buhari and his government. This must however be executed with strict adherence to law and superior logic that the Yoruba are known by, the type that Akeredolu is deploying on Fulanis in Ondo State.


For some weeks now, that irrepressible Ibadan-based broadcaster, Edmund Obilo, has been bringing out the lamentable plights of the people of Igangan in the hands of Fulani herders and drawing out Makinde to confront them headlong. We all know that this won’t happen. With Buhari lionizing the herders in their infamy, no policeman will follow any governor on this suicidal mission.


Yes, I believe that Igboho is very central to this war now. However, he must go through some purgatory, be cleansed of the land-grabbing blood in his hands and return to the fold as leader of the traditional military response to the Fulani menace. There must be genuine repentance and forgiveness for his horde of infractions from thousands of people he inflicted pains upon. The next step would be for Makinde to collaborate with him after his penance to jointly rout the foreign invaders. None of the duo can do it alone. The two, with the support of Amotekun and the science of African metaphysics, should militantly move into the troubled areas of the state where Fulani herdsmen’s vitriol is most burningly dominant and, like Babagana Zulum, working with natives, smoke the blood-sucking deviants back to their land of infamy.


They should both forget their individual political leanings for now, for the sake of the people. This is because, as Bob Marley sang, all the Fulani criminals and their patrons in government desire at this moment for their evil to thrive is for the governor and Igboho “to keep fussing and fighting.” If government militarily descends on Igboho now, he may sprout uncontrollably and become another Muhammed Yusuff, progenitor of Boko Haram insurgency, whose rout by ex-Gov Ali Modu Sheriff and federal government precipitated the colossal havoc today on Nigeria. Igboho will even have the sympathy of the people. I will support him.


Again and very urgently too, Makinde should stampede out those foreigners and their local Fulani accomplices on Okada terrorizing the people. He should also rid Mokola Bridge, as well as the streets of Oyo State, of the eyesore of Northern Nigerian beggars who are defacing its environmental aesthetics and highly burnished peace. If Kaduna’s Nasir el-Rufai and Kano’s Ganduje could deport the eyesore of Almajiri from their states, South West has no business cuddling the menace that the North brought upon itself.


Being firm against the impunity and terrorism of Fulani herders is where the Southwest must begin to externalize what it means by restructuring, a la security. It should then proceed to escalate it further. The ultimate should be a campaign across the region, which must begin now, that only a bastard child of Yorubaland will vote in an unrestructured Nigeria in 2023. By then, Buhari, his Fulani stock and the bastards among Yoruba children who have already begun to campaign for positions in an unrestructured 2023 Nigeria, will begin to take Yorubaland seriously. We must stop them in this act of grabbing spoons to swallow their electoral vomit.


As I was putting my submissions to bed, I learnt that the federal government had ordered Igboho’s arrest. Great. It seems thesis and antithesis are about to clash so that we can see a synthesis. Perhaps this will speed up the denouement of this Fulani grisly drama. If a Buhari who has never put any Fulani murderer on trial in his over five years reign suddenly recognizes the colour of law and order, then let’s see whether Yoruba will allow this presidential tribal impunity to stand.


Dr. Adedayo is an Ibadan-based journalist, author, lawyer and political communication Scholar.

Festus Adedayo



Two of Yorubaland’s most prized states’ helmsmen – Governors Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Seyi Makinde – have made very strong but seemingly diametrically opposed positions on the security of their people, making it the most talked about issue in the nation today. In recent time, their Ondo and Oyo States have become hotbeds of the scalding hot security crises in Northeastern and Northwestern Nigeria. Flakes of the unending years of savage Boko Haram war in the Northeast are whooshing gently but destructively and settling on Western Nigeria. Fleeing displaced Northerners who escape to the bosom of Oduduwa are stretching Southwest space beyond tolerable level. Infrastructure is becoming unbearably elasticized. Firepower of artilleries is stampeding insurgents from the theater of war and with mounting fire of Northwest banditry, forests of Yorubaland are now comparatively safe havens for fleeing warlords. At the same time, proceeds of kidnapping in Yorubaland are said to be surviving funds renegades of Northeast insurgents and ragtag armies of the bandits of Northwest remit home for the sustenance of their evil war. Unable to withstand the economic weather at home, their neglect by government and the Islamic tzedakah system that constituted their survival for centuries, northern beggars and vagrants are also migrating westwards in thousands.


The above alien challenges have successfully defaced the aesthetics and perforated the peace of Yorubaland. The army of beggars in Southwest today will sober even Senegalese-born author and first published Black African Francophone novelist, Aminata Sow Fall of the Beggars’ Strike fame. In Ibadan, for instance, beggars paste themselves like foamy lather round the Mokola overhead bridge, in almost a hundred, while their kindred are scattered round the city in embarrassing proportions. They even have the temerity to sun-dry their tattered clothes on the Ibadan bridge’s metal railings which they have converted into their balustrade. The second evil is the small weevils in the form of ubiquitous young northern bicycle riders, known as Okada, which infest the land like irritant locusts. They are deadly riders who have no respect for traffic rules or law and order. They are responsible for a horde of fatalities on the highway.


One man who should know, Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun, Col Kunle Togun, (rtd) last week introduced a new dimension to the infestation. Many of the Okada riders, he said, are foreigners and spies for kidnappers and bandits who enter Yorubaland through Nigeria’s porous borders. According to him, ferried into Oyo and other Yoruba States during the COVID-19 lockdown via articulated lorries, most of these Okada riders cannot speak any of the Nigerian languages or English but French and have no known residency permit. Coming on the heels of this invasion is another internal invasion, said Togun. It comes in the form of Yoruba traditional rulers allocating lands to Fulani herdsmen and who, “take money, cows and cars from these people and allow them to settle and wreak havoc in their domains.

In January, 2018, I had written about the deadliness of Fulani herders. Fulani herdsmen have been declared one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI). In a survey, GTI said the herdsmen, mainly of the Fula ethnic group, killed 80 people in total in 2013 but by 2014, had murdered at least 1,229 people. The group, according to the report, operates between Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic (CAR) and had killed 847 people in 2015 across five states in Nigeria through several coordinated attacks during which they inflict varying degrees of attacks on local civilian populations. According to GTI, the attacks were unleashed on private citizens and the Fulani terrorists’ primary and audacious contest is for the farmlands of their victims. These are the people the Nigerian government covers in baby shawl.

President Muhammadu Buhari and a few of his uncritical minded aides have annoyingly sought to legitimize Fulani invasion of Yorubaland and their audacious evils. In September 2018, on the sidelines of the China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing, while addressing Nigerians, Buhari personally lapsed into a variant of his usual incoherent epistle, this time adumbrating why herdsmen terrorism persists in Nigeria. “To my disappointment…the press in Nigeria do not make enough efforts to study the historical antecedents of issues that are creating national problems for us,” the president had waffled, citing what he called “cultural and historical implications” as responsible for the mindless murders and impunity of his brother-Fulani herdsmen.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the president’s deployment of callous euphemisms in the service of his waffle. He labeled the Fulani carnage “misunderstanding, especially between herders and farmers” finally heaping the blame of the persistent murders on climate change and the drying up of Lake Chad. This, he claimed, necessitated the frenetic search for pastures by displaced cattle nomads. About the same time, his Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, another Fulani descent, toed same vacuous route of the drying-up of Lake Chad, as well as scarcity of pasture as cause of the Fulani mayhem. At another forum, we were told that renegades of Muammar Gaddafi’s armed men found their ways out of Tripoli to Nigeria with weapons and mutated into the killer herdsmen. At yet another forum, Buhari laid the blame squarely on the doorsteps of ISIS and later, on spiritic opposition members who, in the quest to tar-brush his government, have been funding the mayhem. Buhari’s incoherence has ceased to baffle intelligent listeners.

When it was reported that this self-same Fulani herdsmen had killed Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, along the Ondo-Ore road bordered by thick forests, Buhari again deployed his legendary incoherence. Fulani herdsmen were not responsible for her murder. Armed robbers, he said, killed her.

Unarguably, no one in the Buhari government has been as recklessly audacious in hurting victims of herdsmen’s terrorism as Garba Shehu, the President’s media aide. Shehu has constituted himself into the most notorious presidential megaphone renowned for his divisive comments on Nigeria’s interminable insecurity issue. A few hours after Governor Akeredolu articulated the views of the people he governs, announcing that the Ondo forest, which Fulani herders use as umbrella to commit heinous acts of murder and mindless terrorism, would no longer be accessible for their impunity, Garba shot a verbal poisonous arrow at the people of Ondo State, nay Yorubaland.

Clothing his garrulousness in the cloak of law, his statement also rankled with an argumentative pitfall called appeal to the person. Shehu began his fallacy with Akeredolu being “a seasoned lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and indeed, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)” and that he had “fought crime in his state with passion and commitment,” but, “in our view,” he said, “would be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.” Garba’s doggerel also appealed to “rights groups” and “makers of our constitution” who he said would be worried by Akeredolu’s action which he claimed “could set off a chain of events which he foresaw and tried to guard against.” He was apparently borrowing a leaf from his master’s incoherence.

To begin with, that statement was one of the swiftest to come from a presidency that seems in perpetual somnolence. It underscores Fulani issue being at the core of Buhari’s emotions. It came less than 24 hours after Akeredolu’s. As usual, it was a bid to again beatify Fulani herders who are known to be responsible for the spate of kidnappings and murders in the Southwest. But Akeredolu would not allow such hogwash dressed in a presidential bandana. “Shehu’s statement is a brazen display of emotional attachments and it’s very inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria. We need clearly defined actions on the part of the federal government to decimate the erroneous impression that the inspiration of these criminal elements masquerading as herdsmen is that of power,” he said. He successfully echoed bothers on the streets that the Buhari government provides a nestling comfort and hibernation for Fulani killers and values the lives of his fellow Fulani cows more than Nigerians’.

Compared to the unusual valour, courage and strength demonstrated by Akeredolu, on the superficial, Makinde sounded like one kowtowing before the Fulani vermin sucking the blood of Yorubaland. However, if you were abreast of some of the issues oscillating in Oyo State, you cannot but act with Makinde’s kind of caution. One is that, but for his latter-day claim to fighting for the people, the name Sunday Igboho was associated with violence, land-grabbing, tyranny and political gangsterism. Hundreds of families who have, over the years, fallen victim of Igboho’s land-related violence would be very circumspect on the real motive of his new-found activism.

I suspect that this de-javu undergirded the governor’s fear on Igboho. Should government accommodate the Igboho irritancy and promote outlaws in urgent thirst of rebranding into undeserved heroism? Which is more desirable in the bid to rout the Fulani criminal elements: embrace the crudity of rogue elements and their lawlessness, resort to their outlandish interventions and by that, justifying the pains and despair they inflicted on the people? In theory, any government which openly goes into an unholy dalliance with the lord of thugs cannot earn the respect of the people of Oyo State.

However, the above operates in the realm of theory.  No governor is Chief Security Officer of his state, except in nomenclature. Seizing on the vacuum in security over the years and the known powerlessness of governors to rescue them from their tormentors, Igboho has become a hero among the traumatized people of Oyo State and as such, response to his call to arms is awesome. His heroism seems to have obliterated the long years of his infamy from the minds of the people. Today, Igboho is the David to the rescue of the people from the Fulani Goliath, their own Ogbomoso’s Ogbori Elemoso of the 15th century, and Makinde seems inconsequential in the equation.

So, is Sunday Igboho a reincarnation of Ogunlola? The story of Elemoso cannot be divorced from the Ogbomosho history, its civilization and conquest. It is the story of Olabanjo Ogunlola Ogundiran, an Ibariba. In 1650, history reported that Ogunlola and his wife named Esuu migrated to current site of Ogbomoso in continuation of his hunting expeditions. They settled beside the Ajagbon tree. With other hunters, Aale, a Nupe descendant; Onisile and Orisatola, they formed the Alongo, a system of administration aimed at securing their settlement against wild animals and enemy invasion. Imprisoned in Oyo-Ile for his oft delve into criminal activities, Ogunlola heard of the notoriety of a wicked and deadly character called Elemoso who was terrorizing Oyo-Ile people. He was believed to be a spirit. Ogunlola then went to the Alaafin to ask for his permission to confront this terror. At the palace, as Ogunlola told the king of his quest, palace courtiers shouted, “Elemoso, eni t’a o ri! Iwo ke! – Elemoso, an invincible man! You?” Grudgingly, Alaafin gave him the go-ahead and Ogunlola stormed Elemoso’s camp and shot him with an arrow, beheaded him and proceeded to the palace with the decapitated Elemoso.

On the surface and judging by his actions since he became governor, Makinde doesn’t seem to harbor any motive to be a Fulani fawner. More than many of his ilk in the PDP, he has fought the Buhari government’s policies most vigorously and has made the federal government look very stupid thereby, subtly underscoring the tissues of issues in true practice of federalism. His stubborn defiance of federal government’s herd mentality of COVID-19 lockdown and school resumption dates are core examples.

That notwithstanding, Makinde and the rest governors of the Southwest would need to flirt after what I call the Akeredolu spirit if they are to be respected by their people. Not doing this will make them to be worthless in the people’s estimation like Muhammadu Buhari and his government. This must however be executed with strict adherence to law and superior logic that the Yoruba are known by, the type that Akeredolu is deploying on Fulanis in Ondo State.


For some weeks now, that irrepressible Ibadan-based broadcaster, Edmund Obilo, has been bringing out the lamentable plights of the people of Igangan in the hands of Fulani herders and drawing out Makinde to confront them headlong. We all know that this won’t happen. With Buhari lionizing the herders in their infamy, no policeman will follow any governor on this suicidal mission.


Yes, I believe that Igboho is very central to this war now. However, he must go through some purgatory, be cleansed of the land-grabbing blood in his hands and return to the fold as leader of the traditional military response to the Fulani menace. There must be genuine repentance and forgiveness for his horde of infractions from thousands of people he inflicted pains upon. The next step would be for Makinde to collaborate with him after his penance to jointly rout the foreign invaders. None of the duo can do it alone. The two, with the support of Amotekun and the science of African metaphysics, should militantly move into the troubled areas of the state where Fulani herdsmen’s vitriol is most burningly dominant and, like Babagana Zulum, working with natives, smoke the blood-sucking deviants back to their land of infamy.


They should both forget their individual political leanings for now, for the sake of the people. This is because, as Bob Marley sang, all the Fulani criminals and their patrons in government desire at this moment for their evil to thrive is for the governor and Igboho “to keep fussing and fighting.” If government militarily descends on Igboho now, he may sprout uncontrollably and become another Muhammed Yusuff, progenitor of Boko Haram insurgency, whose rout by ex-Gov Ali Modu Sheriff and federal government precipitated the colossal havoc today on Nigeria. Igboho will even have the sympathy of the people. I will support him.


Again and very urgently too, Makinde should stampede out those foreigners and their local Fulani accomplices on Okada terrorizing the people. He should also rid Mokola Bridge, as well as the streets of Oyo State, of the eyesore of Northern Nigerian beggars who are defacing its environmental aesthetics and highly burnished peace. If Kaduna’s Nasir el-Rufai and Kano’s Ganduje could deport the eyesore of Almajiri from their states, South West has no business cuddling the menace that the North brought upon itself.


Being firm against the impunity and terrorism of Fulani herders is where the Southwest must begin to externalize what it means by restructuring, a la security. It should then proceed to escalate it further. The ultimate should be a campaign across the region, which must begin now, that only a bastard child of Yorubaland will vote in an unrestructured Nigeria in 2023. By then, Buhari, his Fulani stock and the bastards among Yoruba children who have already begun to campaign for positions in an unrestructured 2023 Nigeria, will begin to take Yorubaland seriously. We must stop them in this act of grabbing spoons to swallow their electoral vomit.


As I was putting my submissions to bed, I learnt that the federal government had ordered Igboho’s arrest. Great. It seems thesis and antithesis are about to clash so that we can see a synthesis. Perhaps this will speed up the denouement of this Fulani grisly drama. If a Buhari who has never put any Fulani murderer on trial in his over five years reign suddenly recognizes the colour of law and order, then let’s see whether Yoruba will allow this presidential tribal impunity to stand.


Dr. Adedayo is an Ibadan-based journalist, author, lawyer and political communication Scholar.

For the Tribes & Religionists in Nigeria: 7 Fatal Delusions Among Southerners

For the Tribes & Religionists in Nigeria: 7 Fatal Delusions Among Southerners

7 FATAL DELUSIONS AMONG SOUTHERNERS


by


Moses Oludele Idowu


"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

       - Saul Bellow


A delusion is a serious thing. It is worse than deception and much more fatal in its consequences.

  The word delusion comes from the Latin word _delusio_- which means "a false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts."

  That is the best definition of delusion that I can find.


Let me give one major example of delusion in History and the fatal consequences it brought.

  During the invasion of Palestine by the Roman Army under Titus in 68 A.D the Jews succumbed to delusion that proved to be fatal.

  After resisting the Romans stoutly for two years the siege finally succeeded in 70 A.D when the Roman legions poured in to deal with this troublous race. By now there was no more food and as Josephus, the famous Jewish historian narrated even people were eating raw grass or anything they could find. Still they refused to surrender and fought on defending their Holy City and most especially their Holy Temple.

   By now the Christians, the Sect of the Nazarene, as they were called had deserted knowing that Christ had already prophesied this thing must come to pass - thus causing the eternal distrust and rift which still exists between Jews and Christian relations till today. But the Jewish patriots and nationalists fought on to the last and to their ruin.

   It was here the major fatal delusion was enacted.

  The Roman soldiers now inside the battle now finally shifted to the Temple. Believing that the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob; the God of the holy prophets, Moses and Elijah  would save the Temple and even them and remember His Covenant with their fathers many ran into the Temple as shield.

   But the day of the Temple has gone. A new Dispensation had dawn where God no longer dwells in physical temples but in living temples built with living stones, a house made without hands. He now lives in humans created in His Own Image. Thus rushing to the Temple for salvation before the Romans was a delusion, a fatal delusion.

It was here most Jews perished defending the Temple and using it as a defense. The Romans slaughtered on and set the Temple ablaze. They expected God to show up and defend His Temple but He didn't because the nation herself had committed sins by crucifying an innocent person and the day of revenge had come. Looking to the Temple for protection was a delusion.

   Today a gargantuan mosque stands around the very spot where that Temple once stood.


I have prefaced this essay with this story because it seems people rarely learn from History. It seems to me that another group of people are about to suffer very soon as a result of grand delusions - false beliefs that are resistant to confrontation with facts. And most Southerners presently suffer from these delusions.

   They are seven in all and I will briefly go over them because of time and space.


1. THAT BRITAIN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA OR RESTRAIN MUHAMMADU BUHARI


The first delusion is that Britain, that treacherous nation called Britain will intervene in Nigeria and help us in anyway.

   When the National Christian Elders Forum wrote to  British Parliament I noted this in an article. It is a mistake to.think or expect that Britain will enter Nigeria or intervene in any way that will help the South against the North. It won't happen.

   To think that Britain or the British will come here to help the South is a delusion.

   They wont.

British design originally is that the North will rule and dominate the South not vice versa. Their sympathy was and still is with the North not the South. If you dont know this then you don't know much about Nigerian History or you probably forgot what you learned. Thus I consider it a mistake to report Buhari to Britain. It is like reporting the Italian  Brigades to the Bader  Meinoff gang or reporting the Hamas of Palestine to the Hezbollah of Lebanon.

   It is a waste of time.


2. THAT THE UNITED STATES UNDER JOE BIDDEN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA IF THERE IS A CONFLICT


Another terrible delusion among most Southerners is that America would come here to intervene if there is trouble between North and South or even a Civil War.

   They won't.

When Buhari requested Americans to site the headquarters of their African Command closer here to help us I wrote: WHY AMERICAN'S WONT COME HERE

  They could go to Egypt or even South Africa, Lebanon, etc but not Nigeria.

   I know how America works. I have read about that nation, her politics, power play, history, Literature, religion etc for several years and I can tell you one thing: Americans won't come here.

   You may continue to delude yourself yo the contrary.


3. THAT THE UNITED NATIONS WILL DO ANYTHING IF WAR BREAKS OUT OR SEND A PEACE- KEEPING FORCE HERE


The worst of all these delusions and the most dangerous is the over reliance on the United Nations by the Ethnic Nationalist Agitators. They seem to have an unbending belief in the United Nation to give them the Oduduwa Republic and Biafra and Middle Belt etc.

   Is it that our learned people and scholars do not understand how the world works? And how the United Nations especially works? Who will enforce the decree of the United Nations?

   Of what use is a United Nations without the support of America and Britain? How many of the Security Council members of the UN has the military power to enforce a decision of UN in Nigeria? So if the North or Nigeria occupies the new Biafra nation or Oduduwa nation who will throw them out? Or you think it is like Kuwait that America would go to throw away Iraq? There is nothing you have that America needs.

   That is why I considered this the greatest of the delusions and the one that will prove most fatal.

   I expected that someone working on an Oduduwa Republic would have its own People's Militia at the ready -  just in case.

   Today I can see nothing.

General Togun alerted us yesterday that an invasion of the Southwest is imminent. And barring a divine intervention we may face this course soon.

   But you should have foreseen this coming and prepared for.this.

   Three years ago I warned the Yoruba in particular and the Southerners in general to set up their own People's Militia. How many paid heed to it. Now I am afraid it is now late - too late for the Yorubas. You are surrounded.

   United Nations won't help you in what is coming because without the firepower of the Americans United Nations is nothing especially when it comes to a populous nation like Nigeria and Americans won't come here except probably to evacuate their citizens and embassy staff.

   The United Nations could have stopped the genocide in Rwanda or at  least mitigated it, what did the body do? French Army watched as one African tribe massacred another in one week of madness without using force to intervene or stop the madness.

   United Nations is as strong as America and Britain decide to make it. All the Resolutions made by UN against Israel how many of them have been enforced? Who will enforce them without America the only super power now on the planet?

  That is why I think the South is making a terrible mistake in strategy.

   That the UN intervened in Sudan and split the nation does not mean they would do the same here. Sudan is not Nigeria and Nigeria is not Sudan.


4. THAT WRITING LETTERS OR STAGING PROTESTS WILL CHANGE THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION OR CAUSE IT TO MOVE AGAINST THE FULANI HERDSMEN OR BANDITS


A palace razed in IGANAGN,
Oyo state by FULANI Invaders

There is a belief that Muhammadu Buhari is not really aware of what is going on and that much of this information do not get to him. That the President is actually a good man but with bad advisers... And so on. I.consider these to be pernicious nonsense.

   I do not have the luxury of time to probe this deeply here.

  However there is a common mistake Nigerians often make which brought us here to begin with. People confuse knowledge with attitude. Knowledge or know- how is one thing and culture, attitude or behaviour is another. You can teach a man who doesn't know if he is willing to learn but it is difficult to change a man - and a man above 70 for that matter - of his beliefs, culture, attitude and dispositions.

   Buhari's insularity and provincialism fuel his attitude to even State affairs and these are the product of his Islamic fundamentalist belief system and Wahabist ideology. It is not that he is not aware that the Constitution provides for ethnic balancing in the area of appointments to strategic positions and offices. He knows. But as an Islamic fundamentalist he doesn't believe that a Muslim is equal or should have equal representation with a non- Muslim. 

  He did it in 1984 all the three topmost positions in the Supreme Military Council, - Head of State, his deputy and the Chief of Staff were all Muslims. He has done it in 2015 appointments and has worsened even in the 2019.

  This man cannot change and will never be changed.

  Thinking that he would change in 2019 brought Nigeria to.this mess when we have the opportunity through that singular election to change the narrative. Thus, writing letters, organising protests etc would change nothing. Buhari would do nothing against the Fulani herdsmen and bandits even if they became more brutal than they presently are.

   It is left for you to find answers for.yourself.


5. THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF FORCE, ADEQUATE, PROPORTIONATE, DEFINITE FORCE CAN STOP THE FULANI HERDSMEN IN THEIR TEMPORARY MISSION OF HARASSING, EXTORTION AND TERRORISM; AND IN THEIR LARGER ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF TOTAL INVASION, RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HEGEMONY AND IMPOSITION OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE ON OTHER ETHNIC NATIONALITIES


I will give you one sign so that you may know this people are being guided and up to an agenda.

  Shortly after Buhari became President and all the security apparatus fell in their hands the Fulani herdsmen went haywire and began to attack other Nigerians - farmers and travelers alike. As they were attacking on the road way so they were attacking in the farms.

  Then suddenly something happened. I am not sure Nigerians notice because we are a people without understanding and perception but at least one NIGERIAN noticed and wrote about it in the Guardian newspaper.

  What was it?

  Shortly before the election of 2019 just about the time when campaigns began the Fulani herdsmen stopped their atrocities.It was like a ceasefire in war.  It was a coordinated approach. All across the nation you couldn''t hear of a single attack either against farmers or travelers while the campaign to return Buhari to power was going on.

   You may again go and check the newspapers of the period, you can't read of any Fulani attack against anyone.

  Why?

  It now seems they deliberately managed themselves so that Buhari could get a second term, so that Nigerians won't notice anything. 

   Now that Buhari is on for the second time they have resumed their atrocities. This singular incident shows me conclusively that this people are being coordinated somewhere and up to some purpose. United by their common belief and entrenched in their religion - a religion that does not see anything wrong with bloodshed, slavery of infidels, war- mongering and even plunder - they march on to execute their larger purpose.

   Now famine is imminent in the South.

Now most Southern states are surrounded. A siege is the first stage in the declaration of war among the ancients. That is now happening. Farmers cannot go to farm, prices of foodstuff continue to skyrocket. The war has started but Southerners enslaved by too much book learning are still embroiled in Conferences, seminars, symposium, fantasia, papers... While every day their choices become narrower and narrower.

   Barring the special grace of God and divine intervention nothing can stop the Fulani herdsmen in their sinister course except equal, proportionate force.

   If as Newton shows that "to every action there is equal and opposite reaction" then it is left for the different ethnic nationalities to plan their counter - action or reaction that is equal and formidable to this existential threat to their collective survival. Buhari would do nothing about it and his government would do nothing. Either you act now or you wait for the UN at your own perils.



6. THAT THE WORLD WILL INTERVENE IF A CIVIL WAR  BREAKS OUT BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH OR BETWEEN FULANIS AND YORUBAS


This is another fallacy based on delusions of grandeur. Which "world" are you talking about?

  The world of the black man or the white man? The world of the developed nations or the backward Third World nations?

   During the Civil War how many nations came here?

  They only sold arms to us.

 Only on the side of Biafra that France and Israel actually actively participated. They didn't send soldiers only logistical support.

  That was then.

The world has since changed even worse than then.

   No one will come here except to sell arms. The resulting demographic disaster doesn't worry the developed nations so long it does not endanger the white skin. They may even be happy secretly about it.



7. THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AGAINST WAR AND SELF -DEFENSE


This will be the most fatal of all the delusions to the South. Since most Christians live or reside in the South.

  Leading this fallacious and illogical position is the Church of Rome and mostly espoused by its exegetes the most notable of which is Bishop Kukah.

 It is held by Catholic Church School of theology that peaceful non- resistance is the way out and the Christian standard.

   I stand here to say that the Bible either in the New Testament or Old Testament knows nothing like pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of extreme aggression and existential threat of genocide against an entire race or tribe battling for collective survival.

  I stand here to state and to challenge anyone who has a contrary idea to a debate that neither the New Testament nor Church History knows anything as pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of a genocide against an entire people groups or whole races.

  I would be glad if anyone can accept my offer for a debate on any platform.

  The Bible and Historical Theology never condemned self- defense or engagement in "a just war"- a war to remove the cause of aggression and to punish evil. From Cicero to Augustine, from Aquina to Calvin and Luther, all the great exegetes and authorities of Theology are agreed that it is proper for a people facing existential danger of survival to defend themselves with any and every weapon they can lay their hands on.

  I have read Bishop Kukah on this peaceful non- resistance but I don't know where the modern Catholic system got this. None of you in the entire Nigerian Roman Catholic Church is more Catholic than Aquina and none of you is as saintly as Augustine who first laid the theology of Just War that became the governing premises of the Western nations and Civilization till today.

  The madness in man must sometimes be answered not with persuasion or pleading but with greater madness. This is what prompted the Crusades although today we have distorted their History and Islam and apologists of Islam and their new found allies in the Western universities and leftist revisionist historians now mouth plenty of nonsense about the Crusaders forgetting it was the same type of provocations that triggered that Movement. The madness presently going on in Nigeria will not end until it is confronted with an equal madness from the other side. Sometimes it takes madness to cure madness. That is the great lesson of the Crusades.

   Most of the foolish things people say to justify peaceful non- resistance are neither scriptural not logical.

  If Jesus was so much against self - defense, as the authors of non- resistance tell us, what were two of his Disciples doing with swords on the night of His betrayal? A sword is not an object of decoration or ornament in First Century Palestine, it is an instrument of war. It is them what AK-47 is to us today.

  Let the pacifists answer that charge.

  I am aware that people are fasting and praying. I salute you all. I am praying too. But as in the days of Nehemiah don't just pray alone plan too with weapons girded around you and be prepared "with fire and with thunder."

I will not endanger anyone and I will do no evil to anyone but anyone who intends or plans to remove me from the land of my fathers before my time from whatever religion or tribe will have himself to blame if I be a servant of the Most High God.

   Every ethnic nationality has a right to defend itself, raise her own militia to defend its people and spaces and land. Even churches ought to raise their own militia to.defend the people who worship or come to worship there.

  Enough of using CHRISTIANITY to justify a system of unrighteousness or prop a structure of iniquity. There is nothing in Apostolic CHRISTIANITY that forbids a whole tribe or people groups from standing up for their lives against an aggressive enemies with a history of genocide and blood stains.

   It is time for a Liberation Theology in Nigeria and even more Confrontation Theology. The minds of Christians in this nation need to be liberated from religion and slavery.

  That will soon be done. That is a major task ahead. Slaves won't survive what is coming, only sons will.


©️ Moses Oludele Idowu

         June 5, 2021

     All Rights Reserved

7 FATAL DELUSIONS AMONG SOUTHERNERS


by


Moses Oludele Idowu


"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

       - Saul Bellow


A delusion is a serious thing. It is worse than deception and much more fatal in its consequences.

  The word delusion comes from the Latin word _delusio_- which means "a false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts."

  That is the best definition of delusion that I can find.


Let me give one major example of delusion in History and the fatal consequences it brought.

  During the invasion of Palestine by the Roman Army under Titus in 68 A.D the Jews succumbed to delusion that proved to be fatal.

  After resisting the Romans stoutly for two years the siege finally succeeded in 70 A.D when the Roman legions poured in to deal with this troublous race. By now there was no more food and as Josephus, the famous Jewish historian narrated even people were eating raw grass or anything they could find. Still they refused to surrender and fought on defending their Holy City and most especially their Holy Temple.

   By now the Christians, the Sect of the Nazarene, as they were called had deserted knowing that Christ had already prophesied this thing must come to pass - thus causing the eternal distrust and rift which still exists between Jews and Christian relations till today. But the Jewish patriots and nationalists fought on to the last and to their ruin.

   It was here the major fatal delusion was enacted.

  The Roman soldiers now inside the battle now finally shifted to the Temple. Believing that the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob; the God of the holy prophets, Moses and Elijah  would save the Temple and even them and remember His Covenant with their fathers many ran into the Temple as shield.

   But the day of the Temple has gone. A new Dispensation had dawn where God no longer dwells in physical temples but in living temples built with living stones, a house made without hands. He now lives in humans created in His Own Image. Thus rushing to the Temple for salvation before the Romans was a delusion, a fatal delusion.

It was here most Jews perished defending the Temple and using it as a defense. The Romans slaughtered on and set the Temple ablaze. They expected God to show up and defend His Temple but He didn't because the nation herself had committed sins by crucifying an innocent person and the day of revenge had come. Looking to the Temple for protection was a delusion.

   Today a gargantuan mosque stands around the very spot where that Temple once stood.


I have prefaced this essay with this story because it seems people rarely learn from History. It seems to me that another group of people are about to suffer very soon as a result of grand delusions - false beliefs that are resistant to confrontation with facts. And most Southerners presently suffer from these delusions.

   They are seven in all and I will briefly go over them because of time and space.


1. THAT BRITAIN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA OR RESTRAIN MUHAMMADU BUHARI


The first delusion is that Britain, that treacherous nation called Britain will intervene in Nigeria and help us in anyway.

   When the National Christian Elders Forum wrote to  British Parliament I noted this in an article. It is a mistake to.think or expect that Britain will enter Nigeria or intervene in any way that will help the South against the North. It won't happen.

   To think that Britain or the British will come here to help the South is a delusion.

   They wont.

British design originally is that the North will rule and dominate the South not vice versa. Their sympathy was and still is with the North not the South. If you dont know this then you don't know much about Nigerian History or you probably forgot what you learned. Thus I consider it a mistake to report Buhari to Britain. It is like reporting the Italian  Brigades to the Bader  Meinoff gang or reporting the Hamas of Palestine to the Hezbollah of Lebanon.

   It is a waste of time.


2. THAT THE UNITED STATES UNDER JOE BIDDEN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA IF THERE IS A CONFLICT


Another terrible delusion among most Southerners is that America would come here to intervene if there is trouble between North and South or even a Civil War.

   They won't.

When Buhari requested Americans to site the headquarters of their African Command closer here to help us I wrote: WHY AMERICAN'S WONT COME HERE

  They could go to Egypt or even South Africa, Lebanon, etc but not Nigeria.

   I know how America works. I have read about that nation, her politics, power play, history, Literature, religion etc for several years and I can tell you one thing: Americans won't come here.

   You may continue to delude yourself yo the contrary.


3. THAT THE UNITED NATIONS WILL DO ANYTHING IF WAR BREAKS OUT OR SEND A PEACE- KEEPING FORCE HERE


The worst of all these delusions and the most dangerous is the over reliance on the United Nations by the Ethnic Nationalist Agitators. They seem to have an unbending belief in the United Nation to give them the Oduduwa Republic and Biafra and Middle Belt etc.

   Is it that our learned people and scholars do not understand how the world works? And how the United Nations especially works? Who will enforce the decree of the United Nations?

   Of what use is a United Nations without the support of America and Britain? How many of the Security Council members of the UN has the military power to enforce a decision of UN in Nigeria? So if the North or Nigeria occupies the new Biafra nation or Oduduwa nation who will throw them out? Or you think it is like Kuwait that America would go to throw away Iraq? There is nothing you have that America needs.

   That is why I considered this the greatest of the delusions and the one that will prove most fatal.

   I expected that someone working on an Oduduwa Republic would have its own People's Militia at the ready -  just in case.

   Today I can see nothing.

General Togun alerted us yesterday that an invasion of the Southwest is imminent. And barring a divine intervention we may face this course soon.

   But you should have foreseen this coming and prepared for.this.

   Three years ago I warned the Yoruba in particular and the Southerners in general to set up their own People's Militia. How many paid heed to it. Now I am afraid it is now late - too late for the Yorubas. You are surrounded.

   United Nations won't help you in what is coming because without the firepower of the Americans United Nations is nothing especially when it comes to a populous nation like Nigeria and Americans won't come here except probably to evacuate their citizens and embassy staff.

   The United Nations could have stopped the genocide in Rwanda or at  least mitigated it, what did the body do? French Army watched as one African tribe massacred another in one week of madness without using force to intervene or stop the madness.

   United Nations is as strong as America and Britain decide to make it. All the Resolutions made by UN against Israel how many of them have been enforced? Who will enforce them without America the only super power now on the planet?

  That is why I think the South is making a terrible mistake in strategy.

   That the UN intervened in Sudan and split the nation does not mean they would do the same here. Sudan is not Nigeria and Nigeria is not Sudan.


4. THAT WRITING LETTERS OR STAGING PROTESTS WILL CHANGE THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION OR CAUSE IT TO MOVE AGAINST THE FULANI HERDSMEN OR BANDITS


A palace razed in IGANAGN,
Oyo state by FULANI Invaders

There is a belief that Muhammadu Buhari is not really aware of what is going on and that much of this information do not get to him. That the President is actually a good man but with bad advisers... And so on. I.consider these to be pernicious nonsense.

   I do not have the luxury of time to probe this deeply here.

  However there is a common mistake Nigerians often make which brought us here to begin with. People confuse knowledge with attitude. Knowledge or know- how is one thing and culture, attitude or behaviour is another. You can teach a man who doesn't know if he is willing to learn but it is difficult to change a man - and a man above 70 for that matter - of his beliefs, culture, attitude and dispositions.

   Buhari's insularity and provincialism fuel his attitude to even State affairs and these are the product of his Islamic fundamentalist belief system and Wahabist ideology. It is not that he is not aware that the Constitution provides for ethnic balancing in the area of appointments to strategic positions and offices. He knows. But as an Islamic fundamentalist he doesn't believe that a Muslim is equal or should have equal representation with a non- Muslim. 

  He did it in 1984 all the three topmost positions in the Supreme Military Council, - Head of State, his deputy and the Chief of Staff were all Muslims. He has done it in 2015 appointments and has worsened even in the 2019.

  This man cannot change and will never be changed.

  Thinking that he would change in 2019 brought Nigeria to.this mess when we have the opportunity through that singular election to change the narrative. Thus, writing letters, organising protests etc would change nothing. Buhari would do nothing against the Fulani herdsmen and bandits even if they became more brutal than they presently are.

   It is left for you to find answers for.yourself.


5. THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF FORCE, ADEQUATE, PROPORTIONATE, DEFINITE FORCE CAN STOP THE FULANI HERDSMEN IN THEIR TEMPORARY MISSION OF HARASSING, EXTORTION AND TERRORISM; AND IN THEIR LARGER ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF TOTAL INVASION, RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HEGEMONY AND IMPOSITION OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE ON OTHER ETHNIC NATIONALITIES


I will give you one sign so that you may know this people are being guided and up to an agenda.

  Shortly after Buhari became President and all the security apparatus fell in their hands the Fulani herdsmen went haywire and began to attack other Nigerians - farmers and travelers alike. As they were attacking on the road way so they were attacking in the farms.

  Then suddenly something happened. I am not sure Nigerians notice because we are a people without understanding and perception but at least one NIGERIAN noticed and wrote about it in the Guardian newspaper.

  What was it?

  Shortly before the election of 2019 just about the time when campaigns began the Fulani herdsmen stopped their atrocities.It was like a ceasefire in war.  It was a coordinated approach. All across the nation you couldn''t hear of a single attack either against farmers or travelers while the campaign to return Buhari to power was going on.

   You may again go and check the newspapers of the period, you can't read of any Fulani attack against anyone.

  Why?

  It now seems they deliberately managed themselves so that Buhari could get a second term, so that Nigerians won't notice anything. 

   Now that Buhari is on for the second time they have resumed their atrocities. This singular incident shows me conclusively that this people are being coordinated somewhere and up to some purpose. United by their common belief and entrenched in their religion - a religion that does not see anything wrong with bloodshed, slavery of infidels, war- mongering and even plunder - they march on to execute their larger purpose.

   Now famine is imminent in the South.

Now most Southern states are surrounded. A siege is the first stage in the declaration of war among the ancients. That is now happening. Farmers cannot go to farm, prices of foodstuff continue to skyrocket. The war has started but Southerners enslaved by too much book learning are still embroiled in Conferences, seminars, symposium, fantasia, papers... While every day their choices become narrower and narrower.

   Barring the special grace of God and divine intervention nothing can stop the Fulani herdsmen in their sinister course except equal, proportionate force.

   If as Newton shows that "to every action there is equal and opposite reaction" then it is left for the different ethnic nationalities to plan their counter - action or reaction that is equal and formidable to this existential threat to their collective survival. Buhari would do nothing about it and his government would do nothing. Either you act now or you wait for the UN at your own perils.



6. THAT THE WORLD WILL INTERVENE IF A CIVIL WAR  BREAKS OUT BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH OR BETWEEN FULANIS AND YORUBAS


This is another fallacy based on delusions of grandeur. Which "world" are you talking about?

  The world of the black man or the white man? The world of the developed nations or the backward Third World nations?

   During the Civil War how many nations came here?

  They only sold arms to us.

 Only on the side of Biafra that France and Israel actually actively participated. They didn't send soldiers only logistical support.

  That was then.

The world has since changed even worse than then.

   No one will come here except to sell arms. The resulting demographic disaster doesn't worry the developed nations so long it does not endanger the white skin. They may even be happy secretly about it.



7. THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AGAINST WAR AND SELF -DEFENSE


This will be the most fatal of all the delusions to the South. Since most Christians live or reside in the South.

  Leading this fallacious and illogical position is the Church of Rome and mostly espoused by its exegetes the most notable of which is Bishop Kukah.

 It is held by Catholic Church School of theology that peaceful non- resistance is the way out and the Christian standard.

   I stand here to say that the Bible either in the New Testament or Old Testament knows nothing like pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of extreme aggression and existential threat of genocide against an entire race or tribe battling for collective survival.

  I stand here to state and to challenge anyone who has a contrary idea to a debate that neither the New Testament nor Church History knows anything as pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of a genocide against an entire people groups or whole races.

  I would be glad if anyone can accept my offer for a debate on any platform.

  The Bible and Historical Theology never condemned self- defense or engagement in "a just war"- a war to remove the cause of aggression and to punish evil. From Cicero to Augustine, from Aquina to Calvin and Luther, all the great exegetes and authorities of Theology are agreed that it is proper for a people facing existential danger of survival to defend themselves with any and every weapon they can lay their hands on.

  I have read Bishop Kukah on this peaceful non- resistance but I don't know where the modern Catholic system got this. None of you in the entire Nigerian Roman Catholic Church is more Catholic than Aquina and none of you is as saintly as Augustine who first laid the theology of Just War that became the governing premises of the Western nations and Civilization till today.

  The madness in man must sometimes be answered not with persuasion or pleading but with greater madness. This is what prompted the Crusades although today we have distorted their History and Islam and apologists of Islam and their new found allies in the Western universities and leftist revisionist historians now mouth plenty of nonsense about the Crusaders forgetting it was the same type of provocations that triggered that Movement. The madness presently going on in Nigeria will not end until it is confronted with an equal madness from the other side. Sometimes it takes madness to cure madness. That is the great lesson of the Crusades.

   Most of the foolish things people say to justify peaceful non- resistance are neither scriptural not logical.

  If Jesus was so much against self - defense, as the authors of non- resistance tell us, what were two of his Disciples doing with swords on the night of His betrayal? A sword is not an object of decoration or ornament in First Century Palestine, it is an instrument of war. It is them what AK-47 is to us today.

  Let the pacifists answer that charge.

  I am aware that people are fasting and praying. I salute you all. I am praying too. But as in the days of Nehemiah don't just pray alone plan too with weapons girded around you and be prepared "with fire and with thunder."

I will not endanger anyone and I will do no evil to anyone but anyone who intends or plans to remove me from the land of my fathers before my time from whatever religion or tribe will have himself to blame if I be a servant of the Most High God.

   Every ethnic nationality has a right to defend itself, raise her own militia to defend its people and spaces and land. Even churches ought to raise their own militia to.defend the people who worship or come to worship there.

  Enough of using CHRISTIANITY to justify a system of unrighteousness or prop a structure of iniquity. There is nothing in Apostolic CHRISTIANITY that forbids a whole tribe or people groups from standing up for their lives against an aggressive enemies with a history of genocide and blood stains.

   It is time for a Liberation Theology in Nigeria and even more Confrontation Theology. The minds of Christians in this nation need to be liberated from religion and slavery.

  That will soon be done. That is a major task ahead. Slaves won't survive what is coming, only sons will.


©️ Moses Oludele Idowu

         June 5, 2021

     All Rights Reserved

#Twitter, #June12Protest and #99Bodies of #Endsar Protesters: Why Buhari led APC Regime Must be Abrogated Now

#Twitter, #June12Protest and #99Bodies of #Endsar Protesters: Why Buhari led APC Regime Must be Abrogated Now

Obedience to Any Tyrant is a sin against GOD
Killings ongoing in Ibarapa axis of Oyo State



This a government that insisted that army were not deployed to Lekki and that there was no killing at the Lekki toll gate. The Nigerian Army after denials said they were actually there and that nobody was killed. During the enquiry they agreed to have killed certain very few armless Protesters.

Expert pathologist and former VC of LASU Prof John Obafunwa presented minty nine (99) bodies of killed #Endsars Protesters in Lagos to Judicial panel of enquiry.


While killing has been reported and confirmed to be ongoing in Ibarapa axis of Oyo state with more than 20 persons confirmed to have been killed by the FULANI Invaders, the suspension of Twitter by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC evil regime has been also said to be ahead of the intended evils to be perpetrated before, during and after June 12 as many youths and concerned NIGERIANS are mobilising to storm the streets in Protest against maladministration and government failures in every nation's sectors.


 Do we still need to restated it here that killings are ongoing in Benue and South East. That the same Buhari government was culpable in sponsoring and ordering the killings of the Siirte in Kaduna. What about the southern Kaduna genocide under this same regime?


A country is a place where you are protected and provided for, Nigeria is not a country but a jungle and then the failed leadership still insisting on passive obedience from the daily trumatised citizens.


From the face of things raging from pampering terrorists, Bandits, killer Herdsmen and kidnappers with the government happily negotiating and paying ransomes from or with our collective resources, a prima facie that the country currently don't have leaders but beast as rulers.


If you are not fighting for a new Nigeria you are wrong and those agitating for self rule or dismantling of the contraption called Nigeria are not in any way wrong.


Nigerians should unite against their TERRORIST Government, We can't continue to fold our arms while they and their agents of evil continue to Terrorize us. The fact remains, oppressive regime must be brought down by the Peoples who installed it. 


The government would rather spend money on making themselves look good online than to spend the same money on developing the society. And now that Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook are deleting their war roaring against helpless citizens who are agitating for a better country which they can call theirs.


Whereever tyrants and or dictators rule; rebellion, Revolution and opposition are inalienable rights. Obedience to Tyranny is a sin against GOD who continually demands fairness, justice and equity! 


A government closing down evolving social media channels, digital spaces and opportunities but agitating and primitively enforcing cattle routes deserved truncation either by Revolution or any other means to save lives. Hence non of the agitations in the country either from the South South, South East, West and Benue are right moves in the right directions to save lives from killer presidency.


Comrade 'Dele Abiola

Obedience to Any Tyrant is a sin against GOD
Killings ongoing in Ibarapa axis of Oyo State



This a government that insisted that army were not deployed to Lekki and that there was no killing at the Lekki toll gate. The Nigerian Army after denials said they were actually there and that nobody was killed. During the enquiry they agreed to have killed certain very few armless Protesters.

Expert pathologist and former VC of LASU Prof John Obafunwa presented minty nine (99) bodies of killed #Endsars Protesters in Lagos to Judicial panel of enquiry.


While killing has been reported and confirmed to be ongoing in Ibarapa axis of Oyo state with more than 20 persons confirmed to have been killed by the FULANI Invaders, the suspension of Twitter by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC evil regime has been also said to be ahead of the intended evils to be perpetrated before, during and after June 12 as many youths and concerned NIGERIANS are mobilising to storm the streets in Protest against maladministration and government failures in every nation's sectors.


 Do we still need to restated it here that killings are ongoing in Benue and South East. That the same Buhari government was culpable in sponsoring and ordering the killings of the Siirte in Kaduna. What about the southern Kaduna genocide under this same regime?


A country is a place where you are protected and provided for, Nigeria is not a country but a jungle and then the failed leadership still insisting on passive obedience from the daily trumatised citizens.


From the face of things raging from pampering terrorists, Bandits, killer Herdsmen and kidnappers with the government happily negotiating and paying ransomes from or with our collective resources, a prima facie that the country currently don't have leaders but beast as rulers.


If you are not fighting for a new Nigeria you are wrong and those agitating for self rule or dismantling of the contraption called Nigeria are not in any way wrong.


Nigerians should unite against their TERRORIST Government, We can't continue to fold our arms while they and their agents of evil continue to Terrorize us. The fact remains, oppressive regime must be brought down by the Peoples who installed it. 


The government would rather spend money on making themselves look good online than to spend the same money on developing the society. And now that Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook are deleting their war roaring against helpless citizens who are agitating for a better country which they can call theirs.


Whereever tyrants and or dictators rule; rebellion, Revolution and opposition are inalienable rights. Obedience to Tyranny is a sin against GOD who continually demands fairness, justice and equity! 


A government closing down evolving social media channels, digital spaces and opportunities but agitating and primitively enforcing cattle routes deserved truncation either by Revolution or any other means to save lives. Hence non of the agitations in the country either from the South South, South East, West and Benue are right moves in the right directions to save lives from killer presidency.


Comrade 'Dele Abiola

DANGEROUS : AGF Mallami's conflate of open grazing with spare parts dealing - Ahmed Musa Husaini

DANGEROUS : AGF Mallami's conflate of open grazing with spare parts dealing - Ahmed Musa Husaini

Mallami

AGF Mallami's attempt to conflate open grazing with spare parts dealing is a dangerous attempt at ethnic-baiting, more so when such position is coming from the nation's chief law officer. 


There's no equivalence between nomadic pastoralism and trade/commercial activities like spare parts dealing. It is the business of selling not rearing cattle that can be compared to spare parts trading. Nomadic pastoralism is both a vocation and a way of life for some people, with significant negative externalities on people and environment.


I consider the decision by the Southern Governors' Forum to ban open grazing in southern states as pragmatic one. Given the current wave of anti-Fulani incitement in southern Nigeria and the rise in herdsmen affiliated crimes like kidnapping and banditry, the FG should be the one to announce the ban as a primary measure in order to calm the situation and allow for dialogue to happen. 


Because, no matter what the law or the constitution says, you cannot force communities to accept open grazing by nomadic pastoralists who are themselves non-natives in those areas. Land is a very delicate issue anywhere in the world and we have seen land disputes spiralling into deadly clashes even among neighboring communities. 


There are two realities in the ongoing conversation on nomadic pastoralism. The old and new realities. The old reality is that of thousands of kilometers of designated cattle routes and grazing reserves for nomadic transhumance that traversed the length and breadth of West and Central Africa and the various regional protocols supporting them.


The new reality is that population growth, urbanization and climate change have rendered those routes untenable and those protocols unenforceable, pitching herders against local farming communities and exacerbating communal tensions.


What the government is doing (and doing wrongly) is to impose the old reality on our current conditions. But as it stands today, nomadic pastoralism is incompatible with our present social, political and economic realities. Instead of insisting on the old reality which is a recipe for conflict, government can declare a ban on open grazing in the south, while developing a framework to phase it out in the north over a period of time.


Such ban, could eliminate the explosive mix of Fulani herders and southern farmers/communities, thereby greatly reducing tension and denying the many ethnic provocateurs the opportunity for mischief. I believe the north has enough land to pursue open grazing, ranching and other initiatives being conceived to address the Fulani herdsmen crisis. 


Banning open grazing in the south and controlling it in the north (with a view to phasing it over some years) has significant security advantages, considering the emerging trend of terror affiliation and criminal activity under the guise of pastoralism. It will also present the nomadic Fulani with the opportunity to transit to a more modern, secure and sustainable livelihood.


Such reforms could radically transform the beef and diary industry in northern Nigeria, creating jobs and generating wealth. In contrast, the present situation of open grazing has brought nothing but killings, destruction, division and fear among our people. Given it's current threat to national security, if there's ever a more opportune time to transform nomadism, that time is now.


I'm not saying this is going to be easy or its outcomes rapidly successful. Given the transnational dimension of pastoralism and the complex mix of culture and geography, it is difficult to solve this problem in 4 or 8 years or even in one single generation, but the more we become less emotional and more innovative about the herdsmen debate, the better we are able to narrow the chasm of division and promote the chance of genuine dialogue and sustainable peace among our communities.


Mallami

AGF Mallami's attempt to conflate open grazing with spare parts dealing is a dangerous attempt at ethnic-baiting, more so when such position is coming from the nation's chief law officer. 


There's no equivalence between nomadic pastoralism and trade/commercial activities like spare parts dealing. It is the business of selling not rearing cattle that can be compared to spare parts trading. Nomadic pastoralism is both a vocation and a way of life for some people, with significant negative externalities on people and environment.


I consider the decision by the Southern Governors' Forum to ban open grazing in southern states as pragmatic one. Given the current wave of anti-Fulani incitement in southern Nigeria and the rise in herdsmen affiliated crimes like kidnapping and banditry, the FG should be the one to announce the ban as a primary measure in order to calm the situation and allow for dialogue to happen. 


Because, no matter what the law or the constitution says, you cannot force communities to accept open grazing by nomadic pastoralists who are themselves non-natives in those areas. Land is a very delicate issue anywhere in the world and we have seen land disputes spiralling into deadly clashes even among neighboring communities. 


There are two realities in the ongoing conversation on nomadic pastoralism. The old and new realities. The old reality is that of thousands of kilometers of designated cattle routes and grazing reserves for nomadic transhumance that traversed the length and breadth of West and Central Africa and the various regional protocols supporting them.


The new reality is that population growth, urbanization and climate change have rendered those routes untenable and those protocols unenforceable, pitching herders against local farming communities and exacerbating communal tensions.


What the government is doing (and doing wrongly) is to impose the old reality on our current conditions. But as it stands today, nomadic pastoralism is incompatible with our present social, political and economic realities. Instead of insisting on the old reality which is a recipe for conflict, government can declare a ban on open grazing in the south, while developing a framework to phase it out in the north over a period of time.


Such ban, could eliminate the explosive mix of Fulani herders and southern farmers/communities, thereby greatly reducing tension and denying the many ethnic provocateurs the opportunity for mischief. I believe the north has enough land to pursue open grazing, ranching and other initiatives being conceived to address the Fulani herdsmen crisis. 


Banning open grazing in the south and controlling it in the north (with a view to phasing it over some years) has significant security advantages, considering the emerging trend of terror affiliation and criminal activity under the guise of pastoralism. It will also present the nomadic Fulani with the opportunity to transit to a more modern, secure and sustainable livelihood.


Such reforms could radically transform the beef and diary industry in northern Nigeria, creating jobs and generating wealth. In contrast, the present situation of open grazing has brought nothing but killings, destruction, division and fear among our people. Given it's current threat to national security, if there's ever a more opportune time to transform nomadism, that time is now.


I'm not saying this is going to be easy or its outcomes rapidly successful. Given the transnational dimension of pastoralism and the complex mix of culture and geography, it is difficult to solve this problem in 4 or 8 years or even in one single generation, but the more we become less emotional and more innovative about the herdsmen debate, the better we are able to narrow the chasm of division and promote the chance of genuine dialogue and sustainable peace among our communities.


JOINT STATEMENT OF CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND SHEIKH DR. AHMAD ABUBAKAR GUMI AT THE VISIT OF THE LATTER TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN ABEOKUTA SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021

JOINT STATEMENT OF CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND SHEIKH DR. AHMAD ABUBAKAR GUMI AT THE VISIT OF THE LATTER TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN ABEOKUTA SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021


As part of his continued efforts to find solutions for the general insecurity in the country and particularly for the menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment, Sheikh Gumi with a delegation of eight, as follows Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on April 4, 2021.


Chief Obasanjo received Sheikh Gumi and his delegation in the presence of Oba Babajide Bakre, Agura of Gbagura, Abeokuta; Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, Chairman of Ogun State Christian Association of Nigeria; Sheikh Sa'addallah Alade Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Chief Kenny Martins, Chief Ola Babajide Jaiyeoba; Rev. Tony Ojeshina, Chief Imams of Oke-Ona, Gbagura, Owu and Mr. Vitalis Ortese.


After exchange of pleasantries, Sheikh Gumi briefed Chief Obasanjo with other hosts on the measures and steps he had taken and spearheaded to stem the tide of insecurity and menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment in many parts of the North.


Questions and discussions ensued to clarify some statements credited to Sheikh Gumi on his well-intended mission in the past. After clarification of points by Sheikh Gumi, discussion centred on causes – remote and immediate -, effects and implications, actions and reactions by communities, local authorities, state governments, national government and governments of our neghbouring countries and countries within West Africa.


After deep, frank and intimate discussions, the following points were arrived at and decided upon for appropriate actions as recommended:


1. Chief Obasanjo commended Sheikh Gumi for his initiative and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts.


2. Sheikh Gumi thanked Chief Obasanjo for his past services emphasising the special unifying efforts and attributes to the nation and for the warm welcome accorded his delegation.


3. The menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.


4. We acknowledge that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.


5. We must not advertently or inadvertently, in words, action or inaction encourage or support criminality.


6. We acknowledge that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


7. We identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.


8. We identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.


9. Solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable.


10. All well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions by:


a. desisting from blame game;


b. desisting from ethnicising these crimes;


c. desisting from religionising these crimes;


d. desisting from regionalising these crimes;


e. respecting one another individually, community-wise, locally, ethnically, religiously and socially;


f. showing tolerance and accommodation where necessary;


g. condemning criminal acts no matter where it is committed and by whom it is committed in Nigeria;


h. encouraging more of carrot solution as may be found necessary;


i. sharing information at all levels;


j. not accepting criminality as a way of life for any individual or group in our nation;


11. Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so.


12. State governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.


13. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation. It is not solving the problem when one state goes for negotiation and molly-cuddling of criminals and another one goes for shooting them. Nor should one state go for ransom payment and another one going against.


14. Education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.


15. Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment.


16. The hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.


17. Federal government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.


18. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.


19. There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community.


20. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.


21. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.


We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.  


To this end, Sheik Gumi has extended an invitation to Chief Obasanjo to visit Kaduna with a view to continuing the discourse started today and Chief Obasanjo has graciously accepted.


We conclude that to keep Nigeria safe and secure for all Nigerians and others living in Nigeria is a task that all well-meaning Nigerians must engage in, separately and collectively. Both of us resolve that we would not relent in our efforts.  


The delegations on both sides acceded to this statement. We agree to meet again in due course to re-examine progress and situation of security in Nigeria.


 

_____________________​​​​ __________________________ 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo​​​ Sheikh 

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi


As part of his continued efforts to find solutions for the general insecurity in the country and particularly for the menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment, Sheikh Gumi with a delegation of eight, as follows Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on April 4, 2021.


Chief Obasanjo received Sheikh Gumi and his delegation in the presence of Oba Babajide Bakre, Agura of Gbagura, Abeokuta; Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, Chairman of Ogun State Christian Association of Nigeria; Sheikh Sa'addallah Alade Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Chief Kenny Martins, Chief Ola Babajide Jaiyeoba; Rev. Tony Ojeshina, Chief Imams of Oke-Ona, Gbagura, Owu and Mr. Vitalis Ortese.


After exchange of pleasantries, Sheikh Gumi briefed Chief Obasanjo with other hosts on the measures and steps he had taken and spearheaded to stem the tide of insecurity and menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment in many parts of the North.


Questions and discussions ensued to clarify some statements credited to Sheikh Gumi on his well-intended mission in the past. After clarification of points by Sheikh Gumi, discussion centred on causes – remote and immediate -, effects and implications, actions and reactions by communities, local authorities, state governments, national government and governments of our neghbouring countries and countries within West Africa.


After deep, frank and intimate discussions, the following points were arrived at and decided upon for appropriate actions as recommended:


1. Chief Obasanjo commended Sheikh Gumi for his initiative and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts.


2. Sheikh Gumi thanked Chief Obasanjo for his past services emphasising the special unifying efforts and attributes to the nation and for the warm welcome accorded his delegation.


3. The menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.


4. We acknowledge that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.


5. We must not advertently or inadvertently, in words, action or inaction encourage or support criminality.


6. We acknowledge that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


7. We identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.


8. We identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.


9. Solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable.


10. All well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions by:


a. desisting from blame game;


b. desisting from ethnicising these crimes;


c. desisting from religionising these crimes;


d. desisting from regionalising these crimes;


e. respecting one another individually, community-wise, locally, ethnically, religiously and socially;


f. showing tolerance and accommodation where necessary;


g. condemning criminal acts no matter where it is committed and by whom it is committed in Nigeria;


h. encouraging more of carrot solution as may be found necessary;


i. sharing information at all levels;


j. not accepting criminality as a way of life for any individual or group in our nation;


11. Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so.


12. State governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.


13. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation. It is not solving the problem when one state goes for negotiation and molly-cuddling of criminals and another one goes for shooting them. Nor should one state go for ransom payment and another one going against.


14. Education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.


15. Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment.


16. The hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.


17. Federal government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.


18. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.


19. There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community.


20. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.


21. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.


We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.  


To this end, Sheik Gumi has extended an invitation to Chief Obasanjo to visit Kaduna with a view to continuing the discourse started today and Chief Obasanjo has graciously accepted.


We conclude that to keep Nigeria safe and secure for all Nigerians and others living in Nigeria is a task that all well-meaning Nigerians must engage in, separately and collectively. Both of us resolve that we would not relent in our efforts.  


The delegations on both sides acceded to this statement. We agree to meet again in due course to re-examine progress and situation of security in Nigeria.


 

_____________________​​​​ __________________________ 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo​​​ Sheikh 

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi

IBARAPA Youths storm Ibadan in Protest against Herdsmen killing, Makinde's criminal silence and unjust stances

IBARAPA Youths storm Ibadan in Protest against Herdsmen killing, Makinde's criminal silence and unjust stances


Today, Ibarapa youths stormed the Oyo State Secretariat to protest the ongoing insecurity, demanding the release of arrested comrades and insisting that open grazing without respect for Yoruba farmers or their lands be forbidden.


They insisted that Oyo state Gov. Seyi Makinde MUST listen to the people. Yoruba people are being slaughtered on his watch and he is arresting the survivors! 

Other demands were clearly written on their banner.


#EnoughIsEnough
#YorubaSecurityGroup 
#YorubaNationSecurity
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Today, Ibarapa youths stormed the Oyo State Secretariat to protest the ongoing insecurity, demanding the release of arrested comrades and insisting that open grazing without respect for Yoruba farmers or their lands be forbidden.


They insisted that Oyo state Gov. Seyi Makinde MUST listen to the people. Yoruba people are being slaughtered on his watch and he is arresting the survivors! 

Other demands were clearly written on their banner.


#EnoughIsEnough
#YorubaSecurityGroup 
#YorubaNationSecurity
✊๐Ÿพ

TINUBU URGES GOVERNMENTS TO CONVERT UNOCCUPIED PUBLIC LAND TO RANCHES....

TINUBU URGES GOVERNMENTS TO CONVERT UNOCCUPIED PUBLIC LAND TO RANCHES....


๐Ÿ‘‰Please is there any inch of ancestral land in Nigeria that is public?


๐Ÿ‘‰ Is there any land in Nigeria that are not owned by either individuals, companies, kinsmen, communities and entities ?


๐Ÿ‘‰Why is Tinubu not urging governments to convert unoccupied lands to spare parts shops , or pig pens or poultry houses or cassava farms or rice orchards ?


๐Ÿ‘‰When did the private cow rearing business of fula tribes men , become the burden of Nigeria , to the extent that the property of indigenous and aborigines natives have become public properties to be handed over to fula cow rearers?  


๐Ÿ‘‰Any cow rearer , that cannot afford to buy land, pay for it, process the C of O and set his or her ranch by himself, should just slaughter the cows and go home. 


Cow is not the only beef that one can eat . We have pig , goats , sheep , ram , chicken, turkey , rabbits, antelopes etc . 


๐Ÿ‘‰ Sincerely, I am so put off by this man's genuflecting and double speaking antics , that I am struggling so hard to hold back from dishing out unprintable words on him. 


 How can one man allow his lust for power and vaunting ambition to rule Nigeria, blind him to such an extent that he may even be ready to cede Lagos away just to occupy Aso Rock ?.


This is the same man that asked us rhetorically.... where are the cows?  


I pray that the progressive men and women of conscience amongst the Yoruba and Igbo nations will not allow this man and his likes to mortgage the lives and safety of their people.  


There are no public land anywhere for ranches to be build with public resources. Any cow rearer, just like goat , chicken, sheep, pig rearers and spare parts sellers that cannot buy land , process ownership and build up his or her privately owned ranches and shops should go back to his fathers house in his or her village. 


The only place land is public and unoccupied is the rich 60,000 square Sambissa forest that BH is occupying. That rich lush green land is 20 times the size of Lagos land mass and 3 times the size of South East land mass . It can contain 30million cows. 


Tinubu should please URGE his fellow APC leaders in the North East and his commander in chief and friend to send the army and air force to clear the place so that the fula cow rearers can enjoy free and unfettered range for their cows. 


I come in peace


Dr Nnaemeka Onyeka OBIARAERI, FICA, MIRA


(Punch)


๐Ÿ‘‰Please is there any inch of ancestral land in Nigeria that is public?


๐Ÿ‘‰ Is there any land in Nigeria that are not owned by either individuals, companies, kinsmen, communities and entities ?


๐Ÿ‘‰Why is Tinubu not urging governments to convert unoccupied lands to spare parts shops , or pig pens or poultry houses or cassava farms or rice orchards ?


๐Ÿ‘‰When did the private cow rearing business of fula tribes men , become the burden of Nigeria , to the extent that the property of indigenous and aborigines natives have become public properties to be handed over to fula cow rearers?  


๐Ÿ‘‰Any cow rearer , that cannot afford to buy land, pay for it, process the C of O and set his or her ranch by himself, should just slaughter the cows and go home. 


Cow is not the only beef that one can eat . We have pig , goats , sheep , ram , chicken, turkey , rabbits, antelopes etc . 


๐Ÿ‘‰ Sincerely, I am so put off by this man's genuflecting and double speaking antics , that I am struggling so hard to hold back from dishing out unprintable words on him. 


 How can one man allow his lust for power and vaunting ambition to rule Nigeria, blind him to such an extent that he may even be ready to cede Lagos away just to occupy Aso Rock ?.


This is the same man that asked us rhetorically.... where are the cows?  


I pray that the progressive men and women of conscience amongst the Yoruba and Igbo nations will not allow this man and his likes to mortgage the lives and safety of their people.  


There are no public land anywhere for ranches to be build with public resources. Any cow rearer, just like goat , chicken, sheep, pig rearers and spare parts sellers that cannot buy land , process ownership and build up his or her privately owned ranches and shops should go back to his fathers house in his or her village. 


The only place land is public and unoccupied is the rich 60,000 square Sambissa forest that BH is occupying. That rich lush green land is 20 times the size of Lagos land mass and 3 times the size of South East land mass . It can contain 30million cows. 


Tinubu should please URGE his fellow APC leaders in the North East and his commander in chief and friend to send the army and air force to clear the place so that the fula cow rearers can enjoy free and unfettered range for their cows. 


I come in peace


Dr Nnaemeka Onyeka OBIARAERI, FICA, MIRA


(Punch)

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