Between fighting elephants

Listening to governor Fayose’s message to the people of Ekiti today, I was not too surprised by his violent preach – eye for eye; if you see Fulani herdsmen, kill them before they kill you was his message.

He has made promises to the people, to supply them with arms and vehicles to carry out jungle justice so the land can be rid of grazing.

In the north, we have another equally violent man, Alhaji Bello Ardo, former President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN) saying governor Fayose does not have a right to ban grazing in his state, claiming that there are grazing routes in all of Nigeria states and that Fulani are free to rear their animals anywhere they chose.

Now we have two supposed leaders who have absolutely nothing to lose if this threats of eye for eye materialised, my question is what are the Obas and the elders doing to intervene before it gets out of hand?

This case of Fulani herdsmen assuming they have the right to graze anywhere they wanted is not an isolated one, it is part of the bigger problem that Nigeria has been shying away from defining for a long time – land ownership.

Governor Fayose is a nuisance, now he has a perfect excuse to recruit youths to his cause. The only people I pity here are the farmers whose livelihood is at risk of ruin. I hope before long someone will speak sense to the people to hold their peace and find a better way to resolve grazing issues once and for all.

I don’t think PMB is going to perform a miracle to satisfy the entitled herdsmen, however, it is important that the government intervene before another conflict ensues.

 



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  1. Thumbs up for Bisi Modupe’s suggestion. Mapping, an agreement and enforcement should be deployed. Problem is people rarely abide by the agreements. The ‘cattle’ Fulani tend to send youths to graze the cattle, they are frequently ignorant and have learned (from their elders) to totally disregard the rights and property of the host community. Many don’t speak English or the local language – these are all surmountable obstacles – but Nigerians are very slack when it comes to issues like these.

    Another key point is that there is a limit to how much land can be set aside, so herds can not be allowed to expand unchecked (otherwise the whole country will be turned into a desert). A sustainable approach is needed – this may seem like curtailing the rights the rights of the herders – those who can’t sustain a living should be given an alternative to allow them to transition out of herding. Failing that they can take their herds and turn some other African country into a desert.

    This is a big ask of the president, people expect him to act against the interests of his ‘kith and kin’ ie Alhaji Ardo. This is unheard of in Nigeria (would Fayose act against the interests of his people – if they were in the wrong? Unlikely). If he does that he risks alienating himself from the northern elite and assassination.

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    • Good points. It is unfortunate that those who get paid to look at issues such as this aren’t doing their job, if there is a program that collates incidences from all around the country into a program then it is easier to see that this ‘roam anywhere’ attitude will never work.

      It is indeed a big task, it is quite bad in some areas. I know they don’t go to my village but in town they bring cattle on empty plots close to residential area to feed – the smell can be overpowering sometimes. I only wish a body is formed to do honest survey of the nation once and for all, then tackle one issue of land usage at a time, leaving master plan for subsequent govt.

      On Fayose, that guy doesn’t care about anyone really, he is just using this as another political power-tussle. If he cared slightly for his people, rather than the promise of AK-47 and trucks, he will choose to dialogue and use that fund to pay state staff – he told them yesterday that ‘he can’t sell himself to raise fund’
      http://www.nigeriannewspapers.today/2016/05/26/unpaid-salaries-i-cant-sell-myself-to-raise-funds-fayose-to-workers/

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      • After I watched the first 10 minutes of Adeola’s commentary on the performance of the Buhari administration, and added that to what you said about Fayose. He is indeed playing a dangerous game. Buhari is failing in his task to tackle the ‘culprits’, and it has been pointed out he is being selective in going after the ‘bad guys’. I suspected that it would be a real challenge to him, after all no one else had the courage to tackle this issue. All our leaders in the new era of democracy are characterised by weakness.

        Here is the link for Adeola: https://youtu.be/dX5G_RIps4Q

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        • Thanks for the link jco. Well, Adeola is doing a great work in her way of raising important questions.

          Interesting the guys in the video talking about people begging for food because of inflation, I am not sure how that can be blamed on Buhari, this has been the fate of many people for a long time.

          Is situation a lot harder now for (some) people in the last one year? Maybe, but something has to be done to the hype Naira rate which has put the majority into disadvantage for years. Buhari’s administration can do a lot better by finding a way to cushion the blow on the majority by funding our public schools and other infrastructure.

          People complaining about their kids tuition in oversea countries can find their way as they don’t represent the majority, if our schools are in good standing, they wouldn’t have had to deal with that in the first place.

          The bits with tribalism and our leaders, I would have loved it if Adeola included Obasanjo’s regime, afterall Yar’Adua was barely there and Obansanjo knew this, yet he handpicked GEJ thinking he was ‘mugun’. Once we are able to connect dots honestly, the journey will be a bit easier to run.
          Attitude of Buhari towards Fulani’s herdsmen is expected, it is the same reasons Obasanjo turned deaf ear to Modakeke and Ife crisis because Obasanjo knew how he got his votes – Sijuade’s palace has been a polling station for a long time (until recently) so are many palaces in the land. So how can we easily forget one of the the big men behind many of the headaches of today?

          I get the sense that if it was up to Buhari alone, he would have locked ‘them’ up but most people around him aren’t exactly with ‘clean hands’ he need to thread carefully…

          We could have had a younger, no baggage under 50 individual as a presidential candidate but we were given Buhari, he is still the better option given what was presented at the time.

          Fingers crossed, I’d say.

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          • Nigeria’s leaders have been very poor at dealing with issues head-on. So, I will not get too upset if Buhari does like the others and ‘wimps out’.
            For the naira to appreciate, you need a strong and significantly diversified economy, which to date no leader has sought to address properly.
            The key earner ie oil, Nigeria does not dictate the price and is minor player on the world stage. There is insecurity in the oil producing regions, so companies are not investing (some are divesting and moving on to less troubled lands).
            Jonathan and Okonjo-Iweala oversaw the bankruptcy of Nigeria, so he does not have much in way of foreign exchange reserves.
            All in all his hands are tied, and for any meaning beneficial change to the economy to occur will take time, so the naira will continue to slide.

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  2. I think bisimodupe1975 has a very good idea.
    Leslie

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  3. A big issue for us in Nigeria… A problem that we must nib in the bud before it gets out of control. My thought on this is that mapping out lands for farming & grazing separately might save us from further escalation in the issue. And seriously some of our leaders behave like boys and non-Nigerians. Iwa to ba tuka…ko tuka ni won wuu. It is well.

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    • Indeed. The idea of mapping out grazing areas with involvement of locals is a good one. The problem is that those in charge of doing this are lazy and still want to live in years past with disregard to others’ property.

      Sebi you know the vast jungle along the Lagos- Ife express way, why can’t they do the leg work to investigate in areas like that across the country, create paths and get the herdsmen pay back in instalments?

      I agree with you on awon akotileta who are ajenidi ibaje.

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