Feb 19, 2018 – The Deafening Silence Of Wealthy Nigerian Cow Owners Arming Fulani Hersdmen To Protect Their Investment
By Dr Sunday Ajai
Few weeks ago, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, technically made the head of cow sellers in Ekiti State to take responsibility for any mishap that might be caused in Ekiti State by Fulani herdsmen.
It appears we are all getting it wrong. We are all focusing only on the havocs of Fulani herdsmen but, not on cow owners who actually armed these herdsmen. We need to identify others so that the rest of us may go on our knees to beg them so that their hired herdsmen might stop their destructive tendencies.
Let’s face it, if the rest of us were bent on not allowing the promoters of Biafra to divide the country, we would not also allow the sponsors of herdsmen to expand their territorial ambitions into our backyards. The era of expansion of the territory by force of arms is gone and gone for ever in Nigeria.
A professor of Fulani origin once told us that the Fulani do not eat cows. He said that the Fulani were born to rule. Now we know their agenda.
The APC has mandated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to advise the party. I hope he would be forthright to tell the party that it is losing ground to its opponents with the non-stop of the killings by the herdsmen all over the country.
He should be bold enough to tell the party home and bitter truth.
APC has done a lot to change and reposition this country but, the unrelenting killings by Fulani herdsmen are proving to be a waterloo for the party.
Nobody will remember the good works APC is doing so long those arming the Fulani herdsmen remain unidentified in the Nigerian environment.
A few weeks ago, I went to Kara on Lagos/Ibadan express road, my research was alarming but educative.
The first things I learnt was that even though most of the cows came form the North, many of them also belong to the southern elites mostly politicians and top civil and retired and serving officers. These are the “untouchable Nigerians” who hold the reign of power in the country. That was why the Inspector General of Police was very much handicapped.
I would like cow owners to realize that they are in the business of cow rearing like other businessmen and women in Nigeria. They cannot harry the rest of us to submission. The cow owners are committing sins against God and humanity and it is definitely going to have boomerang effects later in their life.
About the author: Dr. Sunday O. Ajai, firstname.lastname@example.org