“Terrorists Now Disguise as Fulani Herdsmen” – President Goodluck Jonathan June 2014 The above quote was the news headline after a speech by former President
Goodluck Jonathan at an international conference on Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna in June 2014 before they now become major kidnap kingpins.
I must admit from the onset that I would deliberately avoid discussing other bewildering developments, especially in Northern Nigeria.
I won’t delve into the appointment of a retired operative of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar from Katsina who is now the Director General of
the foreign secret service when a retired Director Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura also from Katsina was also appointed and currently the boss of the internal intelligence agency.
Why should I even talk of odd appointments of ghost political office holders when sometimes ago, a widow and a chartered accountant from Borno State, Mrs Maryam
Danna Mohammed was unlawfully and arbitrarily removed from her position as General Manager Audit of NDPHC without any justification.
The media, including Foreign Hausa Service radio stations which we learnt President Muhammadu Buhari listen to, expressed their misgivings over the plight of the
innocent woman who was victimised for being a whistle-blower in the organisation.
Not even a memo from Justice Minister Abubakar Malami recommending her reinstatement and campaigns by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), were enough to
assuage the high and mighty on all the entreaties on the plight of the incorruptible woman.
I will also deliberately avoid discussing the mass burial we have witnessed in Northern Nigeria, when the country is not in a state of war.
From the Massacres in Zaria of Shiite members to families of Farmers in Benue, Families of Herdsmen in Taraba and Plateau genocide among others.
It is, therefore wrong for anyone to claim that some of the incidents are motivated by religion, ethnicity, tribalism and elitism when we are living witnesses to
the fact that Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky of Islamic Movement of Nigeria and Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser are both Muslims and Northerners, who
have been in detention for more than two years against all conventional laws and court orders.
Back to the issue of Fulani Kidnappers. In the last one year, at least, the Police Spokesperson, Moshood JImoh has pushed out several press releases on the arrest
of “vicious, murderous, deadly, dangerous kidnappers” where he provided the names and pictures of the suspects.
The spokesperson is magnanimous in allowing journalists to interrogate the suspected kidnappers. Apart from the list mostly bearing Northern names, I won’t say
Islamic, they are mostly Fulani men from their confession and accents.
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