Herdsmen Have Declared War Against Nigeria, Soyinka Cries Out

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• FG: Crisis is receiving the highest attention  
• Presidency: Buhari not a killer  
• Saraki orders Senate panel to expedite action on killings  
• 56 Taraba victims get mass burial, families narrate their ordeal  
• Benue to bury its dead today, IG apologises

By Omololu Ogunmade, Damilola Oyedele in Abuja, Gboyega Akinsanmi in Lagos, Wole Ayodele in Jalingo and George Okoh in Makurdi 

Alarmed by the mounting death toll arising from the gruesome attacks allegedly perpetuated by armed herdsmen on communities in Benue and Taraba States, among other neighbouring states, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday cried out that the herdsmen “have declared war against the nation”, citing their serial attacks on innocent citizens.

Soyinka, a renowned playwright and poet, also said the federal government was “culpable, definitely guilty of looking the other way while the herdsmen attacked communities without let or hindrance”, noting that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari “must indeed be held complicit”.

He expressed disappointment in the manner the administration has treated the nefarious activities of the herdsmen across the country in a statement he issued yesterday, stressing that this present national outrage was “over impunity”.

In a four-page statement titled: “Impunity Rides Again”, Soyinka said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not come anywhere close to the homicidal propensity and attempt at dominance before it was declared a terrorist organisation.

While acknowledging that some progress had been made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh in the last two and a half years in improved farm produce, the Nobel laureate in outright terms rejected the minister’s explanation that the federal government had neglected livestock farmers over the years.

He said citing government neglect as the rationale would make the herdsmen attacks sound like the full story, but applauded the plan by Ogbeh’s ministry “to empower and organise herdsmen and cow farming”.

“I am in a position to know that much thought – and practical steps – have gone into long-term plans for bringing about the creation of ‘ranches’, ‘colonies’ – whatever the name – including the special cultivation of fodder for animal feed and so on and on.

“However, the present national outrage is over impunity. It rejects the right of any set of people, for whatever reason, to take arms against their fellow men and women, to acknowledge their exploits in boastful and justifying accents and, in effect, promise more of the same as long as their terms and demands are not met.

“In plain language, they have declared war against the nation, and their weapon is undiluted terror. Why have they been permitted to become a menace to the rest of us? That is the issue!” he charged.

Recalling that he called upon the federal government a week ago to stop passing the buck over the petrol shortages, Soyinka said he never intended that a reverse policy would lead to “exonerating – or appearing to exonerate – mass killers, rapists and economic saboteurs – saboteurs, since their conduct subverts the efforts of others to economically secure their own existence, drives other producers off their land in fear and terror”.

“This promises the same plague of starvation that afflicts zones of conflict all over this (African) continent where liberally sown landmines prevent farmers from venturing near their prime source, the farm, often their only source of livelihood, and has created a whole population of amputees.

“At least, those victims in Angola, Mozambique and other former war theatres, mostly lived to tell the tale. These herdsmen, arrogant and unconscionable, have adopted a scorched-earth policy, so that those other producers – the cassava, cocoa, sorghum, rice, etc, farmers are brutally expelled from farm and dwelling,” he said.

He also cited the hideous massacre perpetrated by the herdsmen early in 2016, saying this same “Murder Incorporated” depicted a numerical climax “to what had been a series across a number of Middle Belt and neighbouring states, with Benue taking the brunt of the butchery”. 

He lamented that a peace meeting was called at the time, attended by the state government and security agencies of the nation, including the Inspector General of Police, but the herdsmen attended – according to reports – with AK47s and other weapons of mass intimidation visible under their garments.

He equally recalled that the federal government neither disarmed nor turned back the herdsmen that attended the peace meeting with arms and weapons.

“They freely admitted the killings but justified them by claims that they had lost their cattle to the host community. It is important to emphasize that none of their spokesmen referred to any government neglect, such as refusal to pay subsidy for their cows or failure to accord them the same facilities that had been extended to cassava or millet farmers.

“Such are the monstrous beginnings of the culture of impunity. We are reaping, yet again, the consequences of such tolerance of the intolerable.

“Yes, there indeed the government is culpable, definitely guilty of ‘looking the other way’. Indeed, it must be held complicit,” Soyinka maintained.

Continuing, he asked: “This question is now current, and justified:  just when is terror? I am not aware that IPOB came anywhere close to this homicidal propensity and will to dominance before it was declared a terrorist organisation. The international community rightly refused to go along with such an absurdity”

For the avoidance of doubt, Soyinka observed that the IPOB leadership is its own worst enemy.

“It repels public empathy; indeed, I suspect that it deliberately cultivates an obnoxious image, especially among its internet mouthers who make rational discourse impossible,” he said of the proscribed group.

However, the Nobel laureate said the conduct of that movement, even at its most extreme, “could by no means be reckoned as terrorism”.

“By contrast, how do we categorise Myetti? How do we assess a mental state that cannot distinguish between a stolen cow – which is always recoverable – and human life, which is not.

“Villages have been depopulated far wider than those outside their operational zones can conceive. They swoop on sleeping settlements, kill and strut. They glory in their seeming supremacy.

“Cocoa farmers do not kill when there is a cocoa blight. Rice farmers, cassava and tomato farmers do not burn.

“The herdsmen cynically dredge up decades-old affronts – they did at the 2016 Benue ‘peace meeting’ to justify the killings of innocents in the present – These crimes are treated like the norm.

“Once again, the nation is being massaged by specious rationalisations while the rampage intensifies and the spread spirals out of control.  

“When we open the dailies tomorrow morning, there is certain to have been a new body count, to be followed by the arrogant justification of the Myetti Allah. The warnings pile up, the distress signals have turned into a prolonged howl of despair and rage.

“The answer is not to be found in pietistic appeals to victims to avoid ‘hate language’ and divisive attributions. The sustained, killing monologue of the herdsmen is what is at issue. It must be curbed, decisively and without further evasiveness,” he said.      

Using the mismanagement of the Boko Haram menace under former President Goodluck Jonathan as a reminder, Soyinka stated that the former president only saw “ghosts” when Boko Haram was already excising swathes of territory from the nation space and abducting school pupils.

“The ghosts of Jonathan seem poised to haunt the tenure of Muhammadu Buhari,” he warned.

However, in reaction to the outrage expressed over the killings, presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday frowned at those accusing the president of condoning the massacres occasioned by farmers-herdsmen conflicts across the country.

Adesina, who is the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a video message he posted on his personal Facebook account, dismissed the insinuations that Buhari was condoning the killing because he is a Fulani man.

According to him, such killings by herdsmen predated the Buhari administration.

He said: “Something that is disturbing that I have heard about it is linking those developments to the fact that a Fulani man is president and so, he is brooking such kind of evil acts.

“I think that is very unkind. And I will try to back my position with statistics.

“In 2013, particularly, there were nine cases of herdsmen invading communities in Benue State alone and more than 190 people were killed.”

The presidential aide, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), also noted that in 2014, there were about 16 of such tragic developments, with more than 231 people killed.

He further explained that there was a change of government in May 2015, but between January and May 2015, there were six attacks which left about 335 people dead.

“Now, the question is, during that period, did we have a Fulani president? This is showing us that the issue of herdsmen attacking settlements, attacking farmers, attacking communities, is pure criminality and it is something that government must deal with.

“It is the duty of government to preserve the lives of the citizenry. It is the responsibility of government to maintain law and order and that this government is determined to do.

“Therefore, let nobody say that all this is happening because we have a Fulani president.

“We have had many Fulani presidents in the past and this issue of herders and local communities at loggerheads has predated this government,’’ he added.

Adesina appealed to all citizens to continue to support and co-operate with the Buhari administration as the government was poised to find lasting solutions to the conflicts.

According to him, the government is determined to get to the bottom of it and it will get done.

 

‘Crisis Receiving Attention’

 

Irrespective of the assurance provided by the president’s spokesman, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday kept mum on the devastating killings of innocent people in Benue, Taraba and neighbouring states.

Whereas the council was expected to deliberate extensively on the matter and brief journalists on its decision, there was no mention of it at yesterday’s briefing coordinated by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed.

It was not until State House correspondents started to ask questions on why the federal government had found it difficult to deploy troops to quell the raging crisis in Benue as it did during the threats posed by IPOB in the South-east in September, that Mohammed attempted to address the issue.

He said the crisis in the Middle Belt of the country was receiving the highest attention in the government.

According to him, deployment of troops would be predicated on the aftermath of the current examination being conducted on the matter.

“What I can assure you is that the government is very, very concerned about the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes and it is receiving attention at the highest level and as to if troops will be sent, it will be a decision after thorough deliberation on the matter,” he said.

Also asked to explain the difference between the cattle colonies being proposed by the federal government in pursuit of the solution to the farmers-herdsmen clashes in Benue State, Mohammed said he was not an expert on agriculture but believed that colonies are bigger than ranches.

“I’m not an agricultural expert. I know that a colony is much bigger in nature than the ranch,” he said.

But throwing more light on the proposal, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, explained that cattle colonies were more or less the creation of the cattle routes which he said were first created in the country during the colonial era in 1914.

However, he said the establishment of cattle colonies would not commence without consulting farmers and will be done in accordance with the relevant laws of the land.

According to him, cattle routes as they existed then had to do with the routes the cattle passed through, where they grazed, where they were fed and where they drank water.

“I think perhaps, not speaking as an agriculture expert, but in the hinterland, where I grew up, there used to be cattle routes. They called them colonies in the local language.

“They were established from 1914 as cattle routes, where they grazed, where they followed, where they fed and where they drank water.

“When that was available, there was no farmers-herdsmen clash, because the routes were specifically identified and marked and then paid for overtime.

“But I think due to urbanisation, due to the increase in population, the lands were either taken over or used for farms. But the question as to the difference between colonies and cattle ranches, it is about the same thing. I don’t think government will do anything without recourse to farmland owners and the laws of the land,” he explained.

 

Senate to Expedite Action

Irrespective of the seeming reluctance by the federal government to treat the murderous attacks perpetuated by the herdsmen as acts of terrorism, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in response to the recent killings in Benue and Rivers States, directed members of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Security to immediately resume sitting and work through the weekend to ensure that it has an interim report ready for the consideration of members by next week.

In statement issued yesterday by his spokesman, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki, in reaction to the situation in Benue, especially reinforced his belief that the killings were clear indications that the security architecture in the country has inherent faults and needs to be refurbished.

“I believe the sad situation in Benue State shows some fundamental faults in our security system. There is a clear failure of intelligence gathering, analysis and response time.

“Our security agencies must be totally overhauled in terms of equipment, specialisation, funding, training and staffing.

“This is the reason why in November, the Senate set up a special committee led by Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, to work with the security agencies and review the entire system with a view to identifying what is required in terms of laws, processes, procedures, funding and other necessities for us to have a solid security system which can be pro-active in identifying potential threats, responding to them on time and preventing any breach.

“We are quite aware of the fact that security is the first and prime responsibility of any government. That is why since early last week, I have directed the Lawan committee to take into consideration the sad developments in Benue and Rivers in their deliberations.

“Now, we cannot wait for the time they planned to conclude their recommendations. They must fast track their schedule.

“They must sit through the weekend and get an interim report ready for the Senate when we resume plenary on Tuesday. We must immediately support the executive in solving this problem.

“We cannot afford the spilling of blood and we are already moving into the election year with the potential for the aggravation or escalation of these problems.

“We must decisively resolve the problem of needless blood letting,” Saraki stated.

 

56 Victims Buried in Taraba

 

Even as Saraki ordered the Senate committee to expedite action on its report, 56 persons killed in fresh attacks on five communities in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State by Fulani militia were yesterday given a mass burial by the communities.

However, the corpses of no fewer than 35 people who were believed to have been killed during the attacks were yet to be recovered for burial.

Donadda, Lavoro, Katibu, Didango and Maku communities were attacked on Monday through Tuesday by the Fulani militia who set the entire communities ablaze after killing anyone in sight.

There was an outpouring of grief as relatives of the victims and others who witnessed the burial wept uncontrollably and rained curses on the federal government for failing to secure the lives of the citizenry across the country.

They debunked insinuations that the attacks were a fall out of the crisis between Bachama farmers and the militia, insisting that they were attacked without provocation.

Narrating her ordeal, a mother of four who lost her husband to the attack, Mrs. Paulina Habila, said that her husband was slaughtered like a goat.

“My husband was slaughtered like a goat in my presence by the Fulani people. They razed our community and in my village alone 35 persons were killed. Are the Fulani herdsmen fighting a war with Christian communities in Taraba State? Why are they killing us for no reason?” she asked.

Another victim who spoke to newsmen, Pastor Titus Makovini, said the attackers entered the community church and slaughtered some worshipers, as well as some of those who ran into the church for refuge while others fled into the bush.

He revealed that for the two days that the attack lasted, there was no security reinforcement in the various communities which are presently deserted as most people have moved into the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Jalingo, the state capital.

At the IDP camp, the displaced persons took turns to narrate their ordeals, and all of them were unanimous that they had been rendered homeless and could not go back to their homes for fear of further attacks.

“We have lost our ancestral homes as the entire communities have been razed. Our communities have become unsafe for habitation since Fulani herdsmen still lurk around and they might attack us again.

“Go to our villages now. All what we have laboured for has gone. We don’t know where to start and we keep wondering if the federal government is allowing the herdsmen to kill us unchallenged,” they said.

But even as they lamented their fate, the Taraba State Police Command appealed to the residents of the affected communities to return to their homes, assuring them of adequate security.

The Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal who gave the assurance on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Mr. Dave Akinremi, said additional security had already been redeployed in the troubled communities to safeguard them from further attacks, but he refrained from giving the number of casualties from the attacks.

He, however, appealed to the public to furnish the command with useful information that would assist it and lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the attacks in the state.

 

Benue to Bury Its Dead Today

 

Just as the Taraba people buried their dead yesterday, the Benue State Government said yesterday that it would bury 73 victims of the new year day attacks by suspected herdsmen today.

The victims were killed by the herdsmen who invaded five villages in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas on new year day. Many others were injured while over 50,000 people were displaced.

The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, announced government’s decision to hold a mass burial for the deceased at a stakeholders’ meeting in Makurdi, the state capital.

The meeting focused on insecurity in the state and the way forward.

Ortom, who called for prayers, said that the deceased would be remembered for sacrificing their lives to protect Benue farmlands.

He appealed for calm during the burial and cautioned Benue residents against reprisals, reported NAN.

Ortom vowed to ensure that the attackers are apprehended and promised government’s support to the security agencies to actualise the arrests.

However, during the stakeholders’ meeting, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, came under a barrage of criticism as he resumed duty in Makurdi yesterday, following directive by the president on Monday ordering him to relocate to the state to stop the killings.

Idris stated that his presence in the state was to restore peace in the areas affected by the crisis and assured his audience that the “hoodlums and miscreants” responsible for the killings will be arrested and prosecuted.

He said the police would carry out detailed investigations into the cause of the attacks, adding that another stakeholders’ meeting will be conveyed involving Benue and Nasarawa State, which was accused of harbouring the herdsmen.

Idris also apologised to the people of Benue for referring to the recent herdsmen attacks on the state as communal clashes.

“There was a misrepresentation I made at a press conference in Abuja. But all I was trying to do was to convey a message that all Nigerians should be able to live together in peace.

“I apologise for the misconception in the statement that I made at a press conference in Abuja. I was only trying to convey a message that Nigerians should live together in peace. As policemen, we try to avoid divisive statements,” he said.

The IG was however unsettled when speaker after speaker accused him of complicity in the crisis.

Some of the speakers including Chief Edward Ujege, representing the three socio-cultural groups in the state, Mr. Terrence Kwaghnongu, representing the youths, and Mrs. Rebecca Apedzan, representing women, insisted that only the military and not the police can curtail the herdsmen attacks in Benue.

Also, in their remarks, Prof. Daniel Saror, Justice Utsaha and Chief John Anteyin, representing the three senatorial zones of the state, all rejected the federal government’s proposed cattle colonies, insisting that ranching remained the only solution to the herdsmen-farmers’ clashes in line with global best practices.

Anteyin, while speaking, reminded the IG: “When you were a Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, there were a lot of violent attacks on Agatu by Fulani herdsmen who camped in Loko Local Government of Area of the state.

“The state assembly member representing Agatu constituency, Hon. Audu Sule, who is here with us today, was sent to you for help and you said there was a limit to how much you can intervene, except when you receive orders from the headquarters, but now that you are in charge of the headquarters yourself, what have you done?”

Kwaghnongu also described Idris’ presence in Benue as an insult to the sensibilities of people in the state.

“Your DIG Operations told us on television that the terrain is complex, so are you now coming to clear the terrain?

“We have this crisis because you refused to adhere to the global terrorism index, which rates these herdsmen as the fourth deadliest terror group in the world.

“We need the military presence here in Benue State because what is happening is tantamount to genocide.

“The president was in Zamfara State when the herdsmen attacked the state, he constituted a military taskforce to protect the North-west.

“He said the herdsmen must be declared terrorists and the leadership of Miyetti Allah must be arrested,” Kwaghnongu reminded the IG.

Also speaking, Josephine Habba, who represented the civil society groups in the state, Rev. Fr. Solomon Mfa, representing the clergy, and Chief Benson Ogairo, a security expert, while alleging that a lot of killings of Tiv people was going on unreported in Nasarawa State, they maintained that if the president was not prepared to personally come and commiserate with the people of Benue at this critical time, he should not bother to come for their votes in 2019.

On their part, the paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Tor Tiv James Ayatse and the speaker of the Benue Assembly, Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, noted that what was going on in the state was not about the Anti-open Grazing Act enacted in the state, but an ethnic cleansing agenda.

The Tor Tiv, who said that the heartless destruction of lives and property in the state must stop, further appealed to the IG to ensure that any attempt to wipe out the Benue people is immediately aborted.

 

Death Toll Rises to 80

 

Meanwhile, at least 80 person may have been killed in Benue State since the new year day attacks that forced tens of thousands from their homes, an official of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said.

The violence between herders and farmers intensified over the New Year, fuelled by the new law banning the nomadic cattle rustlers from moving through the state.

“Eighty is the number we can say for now, the attacks have not stopped,” the SEMA executive secretary Emmanuel Shior told AFP by telephone.

Shior said the killings had displaced thousands of people in the local councils of Guma and Logo who are now seeking shelter in four camps.

“The number (of internally displaced people) is 80,000 now because the killings have continued, some of the people in other states are running to Benue,” Shior said in Makurdi.

“We suspect these people are reacting against the open grazing prohibition put in place by the governor of Benue State.”

The prohibition was meant to encourage the herdsmen, who belong to the Fulani ethnic group, to shift from nomadic grazing to ranching cattle, which would theoretically prevent bloody disputes over land with farmers.

But when the new law was introduced last year, it was instantly condemned by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the umbrella body of Fulani herders in Nigeria, which said it threatened their way of life.

“It is very wrong for a governor to ban Fulani from feeding their cows. These cows are their livelihoods,” said Haruna Usman, the Kaduna State chairman of MACBAN.

“That is where the government made a big mistake,” Usman said, calling for negotiations.

  • ola

    A renown brilliant man who used his grammar to hypnotise gullible Nigerians vote in Buhari into power is crying after a lethal error had been made. How come that this man did not discern well to have known the person of Buhari before he gave him support? Was he not aware of the personalities that worked with the tyrant Abacha, in those days when ‘hardship’ was the stream water Nigerians were bathing in? Did he go on exile only because of corruption then or because of security? Was he aware of a person or group of persons that promised would make Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan? Did that man (GEJ) not received the promise coupled with such pillory comments and write-ups from his (Soyinka) end? Sentiment or politics or grammar apart, Nigerians are suffering now because of the error of voting in individuals who are tribalistic, religious egotistical, money-mongers (although they pretentiously claim innocent of such) and sycophant seekers. Period! May God have mercy on this nation. So, weep not prof.!!!

  • Ahmed Buhari

    Oga Big Grammar. Please spare us. The blood of those victims are also on your head. Can you swear that you did not reasonable know that it would come to this when you were jumping from pillar to post sometime ago, propounding your theory of NEPA BILL CERTIFICATE?

  • Okwuchukwu David

    Another Fulani man has just been appointed the NIA boss and some politicians from the south are still saying Buhari dose not know about the heardsmem that person must be a fool.

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  • Chuma Anierobi

    Sad to say that we are a conquered people with the help of Tinubu and his gang. The Caliphate came in with the help of Tinubu and Obama. Change will go on. Sad.

  • Joe

    Prof., you goofed long time.You not only voted Buhari but also campaigned for him your gross selfishness. Buhari is not a new person to us. We know his highedness, impunity, nepotism, religious bigotry etc as a military head of state, yet you and your likes campaigned for number one seat for such a wicked human being called Buhari. You cannot exonerate your self from the blood of the innocent peasant farmers, women and children that are being slaughtered under the direct supervision of buhari.

  • Jon West

    Some time ago, I wrote an article titled “Marauding Herdsmen of Nigerian Apocalypse” for Thisday Backpage, but as usual ,the Editorial Board decided that the article was only good enough for the inside pages. I predicted the current escalation and its terroristic undercurrents and warned the Fulanis of the consequences of their actions, considering their travails in their home country, Guinea, where thy are the majority , but have been emasculated politically and are hated by all the other ethnic groups , who have ganged up against them.

    The Certificateless One an his herdsmen compatriots may suffer the fate of of their fellow Peule, Diallo Telli, pioneer Secretary General of the Organization for African Unity (OAU) who met his sad Waterloo after service, for the same reason that has fueled this herdsmen menace – inordinate politcal and religious ambition.

    As for the sad figure, Wole Soyinka, his pitiable intervention really shows that a combination of greed, opportunism arising from the Afonja gene ,and a little bit of dementia ,have all combined to really reduce the stature of this formerly great mind, in universal standing .
    He could not resist the temptation to bring in the hapless Goodluck Jonathan into the conversation, much like his fellow Afonjites in ThisDay newspaper and all over the country. He is still spewing the lies of the Chibok abduction, when the truth about the political conspiracy of both the abduction of the girls and the earlier recruitment of Boko Haram for politcal purposes, is now apparent to all discerning people in this Lugardian Zoo.

    He also had to drag IPOB into the conversation in order to perhaps justify the evil perpetrated against the peaceful, even if tactless , group by his new found friend, the Certificateless Dullard from Daura . When the history of the last days of this Lugardian contraption called Nigeria ,is written, charlatans masquerading as intellectuals, will be held responsible for providing the intellectual basis for the permanent journey to the abyss by the Fulanis and their many allies , in the destruction of the Nigerian dream. To hell with Nigeria!!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Soyinka, we warned idiots like you, didn’t we? The chief herdsman is illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari that you so enthusiastically endorsed and wholeheartedly supported in 2015.

  • austin

    “According to him, such killings by herdsmen predated the Buhari administration.” – Femi Adeshina
    Then he was the Chief Instigator, and now the Protector-in-Chief.
    Femi try and make sense na.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      Considering his latest press statement on the murderous activities of herdsmen under Jonathan, Femi Adesina is a certified lunatic.

    • This generation matter

      Femi concern is his stomach not life……defending lies at the expense of his people

  • Curious One

    When a man discovers that he made a mistake of endorsing a person for the office of President and makes amends, we can forgive him. I recall a trending item in the social media some weeks age, where Prof Soyinka was told that his silence is ominous, I was waiting to hear him…i am glad that the Prof has finally come out. It’s better late than never.

  • Abubakar Bello

    When Fulanis were Killed what was the Government’s response? Silence.

    No Amount of Nobel Literature Articles or Local Media Hypes will stop the Fulani’s from defending themselves against attacks.

    From Numan in Adamawa state to Mambila in Taraba State, spilling the blood of Fulanis means nothing Now. And The Leaders don’t care.

    The Fulanis will not Succumb to blackmail. Its either there is Justice or the Consequences will manifest.

    • AmaraMr ikwuegbu

      you got it wrong fulani is only 5 million in nigeria ,you people can be wiped out from nigeria ,if militia begins to rise ,soon your cow will be rejected by nigerians as blood cow, i am not eaten fulani cow since 2013 do bloody killing in benue state by herdsmen.soon very soon nigerians will shun cow,fulani herdsmen and their sponsors hands are full of innocent blood.

    • Grelia O

      The only reason you can muster the nerve to beat your chest this recklessly in defense of impunity is the foolish disunity of the South. If the current East West positive noise continues and SOMETHING meaningful follows, devolution of power becomes a reality sooner than expected. When local communities are empowered to take charge of their safety rather than depend on Abuja/Aso Rock/IGP, good luck to Fulanis defending themselves in matters concerning citizens’ defence of their farmlands.

      The Fulanis have overstepped their bounds so much that the pent-up backlash could be vicious. Buhari is intentionally ignoring the the advice that a stitch in time saves nine.

  • Ekenny

    Professor Soyinka gave his imprimatur to the government of PMB and should spare us the tears. When good people keep silence in the midst of danger the society is doomed. He and the likes of Tinubu and Falana goaded Buhari on and now we are reaping this harvest of death with their man looking the other way. This is sad indeed!

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      I completely agree. The problem with us in Nigeria is that we overrate and over-venerate idiots like Wole Soyinka.

      • Communicado

        Please make your points without insulting people especially elders. You are free to disagree with people but to call someone who got a Nobel prize an idiot doesn’t paint you in a good light. FYI the prize wasn’t awarded in Nigeria ! And to cap it, your name indicates you are Yoruba, the culture respects elders. Abo oro lan so fun omoluwabi……..

        • Jon West

          It is this obsession with respect for elders, no matter how obnoxious the actions an utterances of the elder, and also the fascination with Western Europen prizes such as the Nobel, which tend to offer validation to our fragile psyche of cultural inferiority, that has led us to this current morass.

          I loved and revered Wole Soyinka for decades . His action ,in openly supporting Buhari in 2014 and during the election, makes him an idiot. Even the wisest and most educated person, can say and do the most idiotic of things. In my own mind, in order to still think favorably of Soyinka, I can only now accept that old age, dementia and the need to make ends meet, have combined to make an idiot of him. What a sad ending to a glorious life, but such is life.

        • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

          So Noble Price Winners can no longer be idiots abi?

          Whatever they do is ok as long as they have won Nobel Price.

          Derek Walcot, West Indian poet and Nobel Price recipient is being sued in the US in a sexual harassment case. Sir Tim Hunt another Nobel laureate had to apologise publicly for inappropriate comments made.

          So please Nobel Laureates can be idiots too.

          In the US, they are questioning the mental state of their President. Here in Nigeria, we are preparing to vote our own into office for a second term. Past achievements should not stop us from interrogating the conduct of public figures whoever and whatever they are.

          • Olisa

            That last paragraph sha …. LOL

        • This generation matter

          Elder that know the truth but choice to support evil what do you expect the child to do? to hug and kiss the elder?

          • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

            Abi oh

        • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

          If “elders” deserve to be disrespected/insulted, they should. The fact that we over-venerate age is our problem around here. So, keep that unsolicited advice to yourself. T’o ba wu e, ki o so odidi oro, that is your business. No one can circumscribe my freedom of expression. I stand by my post.

        • okenwa

          Calling Soyinka an idiot is a good point.

        • Bernard Oke

          He was given an award because he wrote some books not because he is god or beyond reproach. Your argument is grossly unintelligent, respect for which elder? Same way most of you are respecting elderly leaders that got this nation into this mess.

        • remm ieet

          Sir, Soyinka, Achebe and Chimamanda got their recognition from the white man for their hard work. However, those who should be getting recognition are engineers and technologists who constructed our sports, health, entertainment and educational infrastructures. The ones we have now are not fit for purpose. Let Nigerians build national monuments that all Nigerians can relate to and openly reject awards which befuddle the brain.

  • daniel

    There’s no doubt that Buhari is a murderous leader. But God has the upper hand. If the messages God has been sending him has not made sense to him, then he will receive more.

  • Daniel Obior

    Please cry not Prof. The man you claimed is a reformed democrat, is simply baring his fangs and claws, using the herdsmen. How else can his long inaction be explained, with the killings getting worse? You sold out to the despot and your image is tarnished. We no longer believe in you. So, cry not.

    • chris money

      Fellow Nigerians,
      The president Buhari and APC are curse to Nigeria and Nigerians. Imagine nigerians voting for a man who open his mouth and made such a statement.
      In 2001 at an Islamic seminar in Kaduna, Buhari was given an opportunity to choose between Nigeria’s secularism and fundamentalist Islam, this is what he said; “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria”, he then added that; “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country”.Buhari an advocate of sharia was chosen to address that seminar in Kaduna because of his advocacy and he did not disappoint because he is one of the boardroom voices of Sharia
      Nigerians votes for Buhari and APC party was wrong and ,bitter .

      • Joe

        Thanks Chris. In addition, Buhari was in zamfara when he asked muslims to cast their votes for only their muslim brothers. Buhari is not even qualify to be a local government chairman in a sane society.

    • okenwa

      Na rotimi amaechi money put prof in wahala.

  • Toby

    Liar Mohammed can not define a colony. Shame!