#SoundOff: Dear Buhari, Please Save Nigeria By Dealing With The Fulani Militia

#SoundOff: Dear Buhari, Please Save Nigeria By Dealing With The Fulani Militia

By Ena Ofugara | Op-Ed Contributor on October 16, 2015
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General Muhammadu Buhari, arrives the Eagle Square for his Inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: AP/Sunday Alamba)

When I mentioned that the kidnappers of Chief Olu Falae were Fulani, a Yoruba man, just because he supports APC, began insulting me. But, today, headline news revealed a gang of Fulani men who are pictured and identified by Falae as his kidnappers. They also have confessed to their crimes.

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There is a Hausa-Fulani violent band, an armed militia currently targeted at other ethnic groups in Nigeria. It is a problem we have and it is a problem we cannot run away from. It follows in many forms – Boko Haram, cattle rearers turned killers, North Central expansionists, as well as highway robbers.

As long as people keep quiet and not mention the tribe’s name just to be politically correct and popular, this problem will persist.

I see no reason why I cannot carry a nail cutter  without being frisked by Nigerian police and most, likely, arrested. But these Fulani men, armed with unconcealed weapons like AK47, and others like daggers can go about everywhere in Nigeria, killing, maiming, and raping.

The moment they enter into a disagreement with the owners of the land, they jump on them and kill them. The moment someone in Holland says something they don’t like about their religion or prophet, they jump on the nearest Christian and behead him or run into the nearest church and burn it down.

There is a pogrom going on in Nigeria. A genocide against the ethnic and religious minorities in Northern and North-Central Nigeria. And this genocide is being carried out by people that President Muhammadu Buhari refers to has “my people” and “my brothers”.

Nigeria needs to start addressing this problem with a Safe Grazing Law and other measures that restrict the access to arms by people who claim to be doing private business, yet find it so easy to perpetuate violence at the snap of a finger.

Nigeria is plagued by violence and this violence is carried out by Northerners.

Ena Ofugara studied law in the University of Benin for some years before leaving Nigeria for the United States where he is studying while working. He has a passion for Nigeria. He has a clear bias for his people of the Niger Delta and he believes the Nigerian system – justice, social, economic – is rigged against his people. So he became a social and political commentator to highlight this injustice. Connect with him on Facebook

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. 

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