By Engr. Saleh Alhassan:
We blamed Fulani Herdsmen during the mass shooting that claimed the lives of many in Ozubulu Catholic Church, Anambra State. After police investigation, the shooting turned out to come from two brothers from that Community who had fued over unfinished business transactions in South Africa.
When the Benue mass slaughter happened, we blamed Fulani Herdsmen and after the general election in 2019 governor Samuel Ortom turned around to tell us that the Jukuns and unknown bandits were behind the killings that took the lives of so many innocent people in Benue State.
When a Reverend Father was killed in Enugu, we blamed the Fulani Herdsmen, until the real killers were caught and arrested. The suspects turned out to be Igbos.
When Chief Odunukwe (the CEO of Sumec-Firman Generator was kidnapped and killed, we blamed Fulani Herdsmen, until after Police Investigation when we realised that Chief Odunukwe was killed by his own kinsmen.
When Dr Fatai Aborode was killed in Igangan in Oyo state, we blamed Fulani Herdsmen, until few days ago when we realised that a fellow Youruba man was behind the gruesome murder of Dr Fatai Aborode.
Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Taofeek Akewugbagold, on Monday approached Justice Moshood Abass of the Oyo state high court, seeking withdrawal of case against the abductors of his twins children last year who turned out not to be Fulani herdsmen after police investigation was concluded, suspects arrested and prosecuted in the court of law. Six people Ridwan Taiwo aged 30, Rafiu Mutiu 35, Olumide Ajala 36, Rafiu Modinat, Female, aged 29, Bashiru Mohammed 33, and Opeyemi Oyeleye 25 had been arrested for the kidnap of the twins children.
The Yoruba popular herbs producer Oko Oloyun kidnapped and killed who was initially thought that the Fulani herdsmen were responsible for the killing until police investigation was launched, conducted and concluded, it was later found out that it’s not the Fulani herdsmen who perpetrated the dastardly attack or act but the YORUBA people working with him.
Three days ago, Samuel Ortom told us he was attacked by Fulani Herdsmen in his farm at Tyo Mu on the outskirts of Markudi the state capital, while we are waiting patiently to find out the category and type of “Fulani Herdsmen” involved in the “attack” against governor Samuel Ortom, alas before we say Jack Robinson the police arrested three Jukun fishermen as the major suspects in the dastardly attack.
The special Adviser to the governor of Benue State Col Paul Ham confirmed the arrest when he conducted newsmen round the scene of the incident.
It’s the high time we remove hatred, sentiments, emotional feelings and prejudices against the Fulani herdsmen so that we can get to the root of our security challenges as a country and people and tackles it Headlong for the good of all of us.
May Nigeria Succeed.
Engr. Alhassan is the National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-cultural Association & Focal Person Coalition of Pastoralists Associations in Nigeria (COPAN).