Indeed, Giwa was only being his own prophet even if he was also reinforcing, in a much more poignant, short and prickly fashion, the assertion by 17th century English metaphysical poet and cleric, John Donne, in his Meditation XVII, that “any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
If a composite picture of the genocide in Christian-populated Southern Kaduna and pockets of dastardly killings in other states scattered across the southeast and south-south zones perpetrated by these Fulani herdsmen is presented in much bolder relief, there is no doubt that the humanism in God-fearing people would be more than profoundly assaulted, tattooed, battered and shattered.
What a screaming aberration to shield the killer-Fulani herdsmen from the negative stereotype of terrorism whereas Buhari’s administration gleefully and unconscionably classified the intellectually-engaging and non arms-bearing Independent People of Biafra (IPoB), which has not shed the blood of anybody, as a terrorist group!
Is it not the height of ethnic bigotry that Buhari, in particular, has found it difficult to classify and declare the Fulani herdsmen as terrorists? Is it not a shame that our president could somewhat justify the wickedness of his stock through his indecent silence and reluctance to move against them? Buhari has never condemned the activities of Fulani herdsmen in his official statements and speeches. Checkout his most recent 2018 New Year speech: he did not mention Fulani herdsmen as terrorists.
It is a sad reality that in the recent history of this country, the Buhari administration has been the most tolerant of the excesses of the Fulani herdsmen who have taken the laws into their hands, operated freely, and killed innocent Nigerians of other ethnic stocks in a writ large fashion and have so far gone away with the aggravating rash of unacceptable and episodic instances of genocide.
I submit that whatever the offence(s) that the other stocks might have committed or the prejudices against the rest of us in Nigeria, more than enough blood had been shed by the Fulani herdsmen in needless human vengeance and profane atonement; whereas, vengeance is God’s, according to the Bible, the holy book of the Christians.
And a few days ago, I received a whatsapp post of five powerful emirs who are members of the Board of Trustees of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria allegedly lifted from the website of the association before it was purportedly taken down for obvious reasons. If the emirs mentioned as trustees indeed occupy the positions and Fulani herdsmen, who are believed to be helping them to graze their cattle, are shedding the blood of innocent Nigerians of other stocks, then the country is doomed.
I still shudder with righteous indignation at the excerpts of an October 2, 2014 interview by Pointblanknews online news portal with a prominent Fulani leader from Kano, Alhaji Aliyu Gwarzo, which FFK referenced in part 2 of “The Sons of Futa Jalon”. I advise you read the interview to be able to appreciate the import of FFK’s point that “it is time for us to do whatever it is that we must do to save our country and if those that believe that they own it refuse to be reasonable and fair to the rest of us, perhaps we should consider the possibility of redefining her.”
Mr. Ojeifo, editor-in-chief of The Congresswatch magazine, sent this piece via email@example.com