No one can take Igbo Land from the Igbos

THE National Chairman of Fulbe [Fulani] Development Association of Nigeria (FULDAN), Malam Ahmad Usman Bello, has declared the Fulani as too good to be beaten by any other ethnic groups in the country.

In what appears to be an assertion of the supremacy of the Fulani ethnic group over all others in the country, he said his ethnic group remained unbeatable and any ethnic group that fights it would be doing so at its own peril.

Bello made the remarks while speaking with Saturday Tribune in Kano on Thursday evening against the background of the national outcry against the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen in Benue, Plateau and Taraba states and many other parts of the country.

“Take it or not, Fulanis have remained unbeatable; no ethnic group can fight us face to face. Any ethnic group that fights us will learn a bitter lesson,” the leader of the apex Fulani association in the country said.

He, however, said it was in the interest of the Fulani, which he described as “the largest ethnic group in Nigeria and, indeed, West Africa,” for all Nigerians to continue to live in peace and unity.

According to him, should a civil war break out in the country, the Fulani would be the biggest losers because they have more people than any other ethnic groups in the country.

“It is in our own interest that the country lives in peace [and for the country] to be united. If anything happens in Nigeria, we are the ones to lose because we have more people than any other ethnic groups. When you have more people, if any war occurred, certainly we Fulanis would have more dead people to record. And we are not beggars as we are equally blessed with wealth,” Bello said.

In an apparent reference to the Benue State people, he stated that if the Fulanis wanted to take other people’s land, they could have done so in the past “when these people did not know how to wear clothes.”

Tracing the origin of the Tiv, Bello said the progenitor of Tivs hailed from Katsina State and had married a Junkun woman who gave birth to those who are today referred to as the Tiv people.

He declared the name of the father of the Fulani as Muhammad Katsina-Alla who, he said, had come to the present-day Benue and married a Junkun woman and fathered the Tiv.

“If one follows the history of all peoples in the world, they migrated from somewhere. Take America for example, the Europeans migrated to America about 500 years ago. Can you then call them white American settlers? The Europeans also migrated to Australia and to South Africa with many years of struggle with the black majority to gain independence from them. Now, supposing they were majority, would you call them settlers?

“I want Nigerians to understand that wherever Fulanis settle, they always mind their business. It is wrong to refer to them as settlers because those who call us Fulani settlers are the ones to be called settlers.

“Igbos claim they descended from Jews but settled in Nigeria. Even Yorubas also claim they came from the Middle East, while Hausa people equally claim to have originated from Abyssinia, the modern Ethiopia,” Bello said.

He claimed that while Yorubas are “asking for a country to be created for them and Igbos are using arms and ammunition to try to secede from Nigeria, Fulanis, in the various places they have dominated for centuries, have never asked to secede from the country.”

He added: “Fulanis have never referred to any group as settlers but instead they have carved out places for non-indigenes to go about their normal businesses without harassment or intimidation.

“Even in Kano, Sabongari was carved out for mostly non-Muslims resident in the state. Those that went for the Second World War, when they came back, in order not to contaminate those indigenes on ground, a place called Brigade was mapped out for them to reside.

“We Fulanis welcome others but, unfortunately, Fulanis, despite being the largest ethnic group in Nigeria, in West Africa as a whole and perhaps even on the continent, we do not discriminate.”

Here is our answer.
After the July 1966 coup, the North wanted to secede. It was the British that convinced them to remain in Nigeria. This is why every Southerner should study history.
If you want us to trade aboriginal claims, Sir, Igbodefender hereby invokes the late Professor Pat Acholonu who did some research in which she announced that Igbos were the first people in the world (Ndi gbo). So, Mr Bello, no one can take Igbo Land from the Igbos.

Eleven Northern States Offer Land For Grazing Reserves

grazing reserves

The states are Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, Katsina, Taraba, Niger, Adamawa, Jigawa and Sokoto States.

“If we can grass up these land areas, there will be no need for cows to roam from north to south and that is what we intend to achieve.”He further explained that government will make provisions on the grazing reserves for schools for the children of herdsmen, markets for their wives, health and security facilities to be made available for them.

States in the South and some Midwest (North Central) ones have maintained that they don’t have land for grazing reserves due to the widely held perception that it will amount to taking ethnic lands from their people and giving them to the Fulani herdsmen who dominate the cattle industry.

They have instead asked the Federal Government to instead provide loans for ranch establishment for the herdsmen -pointing out its huge advantages for the business of the herdsmen.

They have also pointed to the violence that has followed grazing disputes with herdsmen in the past that led to bloodshed.

Source: Eleven States Offer Land For Grazing Reserve. – Politics – Nigeria

I have nothing against The Fulani – Fayose

Fayose says he is not against Fulani herdsmen
Fayose says he is not against Fulani herdsmen

As the outburst of Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, against Fulani herdsmen over attack and killings in the state, continue to elicit reactions across the country, the governor has declared that has nothing against the Fulani people or any other tribe in the country.

Fayose, who also said that he was not an ethnic jingoist who was out to cause confusion in the country, added that his call to the Federal Government to arrest the rising tide of herdsmen attacks on communities across the country was borne out of the need for national cohesion, unity and peace.

Source: I have nothing against Fulanis …neither am I an ethnic jingoist – Fayose – Vanguard News

Grazing Reserves Will Give Fulani Unfair Advantage Over Others, May Lead To War – Anglican Church Warns

Anglican Primate in Nigeria Warns Against Creation Of Grazing Reserves For Herdsmen

Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev’d (Dr) Nicholas Okoh has asked the Federal Government to drop its plans to create grazing reserves for herdsmen.

Reading out the resolutions of the Diocese of Abuja Synod yesterday, the Primate warned that such decision would give unfair advantage to the Fulani over other ethnic groups and could lead to a civil war.

The prelate stressed that establishing grazing sites across the country would indirectly make them automatic indigenes of all the regions of the country.  Continue reading “Grazing Reserves Will Give Fulani Unfair Advantage Over Others, May Lead To War – Anglican Church Warns”

Nigeria’s Growing Fulani Conflict Stokes Biafran Cause –

The Fulani herdsmen attacked at 6:00 am, just after morning prayers in Nimbo, an idyllic village in southeast Nigeria where farmers grow yams and pawpaws.

At first the villagers thought it was a joke. The nomadic cattle rearers, who have clashed with farmers over grazing rights in central Nigeria for decades, had never come this far south.

But then they saw 20 young men descend from the hills and emerge from the palm tree forest, shooting AK-47 assault rifles in the air and waving machetes.

“We started hearing the sound of gunshots everywhere. They shot so many people,” Kingsley Oneyebuchie, a 31-year-old civil servant, told AFP.

“They shot one of my brothers, they used a knife on my dad, they killed so many,” he said from his hospital bed in the nearby town of Nsukka, bare-chested and wearing only red athletic shorts.

Oneyebuchie ran his fingers tentatively over a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) track of blue surgical stitches at the base of his scalp.

“They used machete on me. After using machete on me, they thought that I died,” he said. Continue reading “Nigeria’s Growing Fulani Conflict Stokes Biafran Cause –”