For those who loathed President Mohammadu Buhari with passion before the 2015 general elections, Daura born gallant soldier turned politician was an ethnic and religious jingoist. President Buhari was and is still believed to be an unrepentant Fulani nationalist. One who does not care whose ox is gored while protecting the interest of his compatriots from his own ethnic enclave. One who is prepared to sacrifice lives of 100 other ethnic nationals on the altar of protecting the life of one Fulani man or his cow. One who will turn the blind eye when his kinsmen are killing the rest of the citizens of the country.
Buhari, for this category of people, will never consider people from any other ethnic group in the country for appointments that our national assembly members have dubbed ‘juicy postings’ unless the fellow is from his part of the geographical expression called Nigeria. They also believe our president is slow in taking actions unless the situation is almost getting out of hand. He’s someone that is comfortable doing things at his own time. While Donald Trump, the American president- elect has almost constituted his cabinet with key appointments made barely a month after he won an election, it took our own president over six months for him to constitute a cabinet that is peopled by someone like Solomon Dalong in charge of the nation’s strategic ministry of sports and youth development.
For many who fought tooth and nail (yours inclusive) that the worst of Buhari is better than the best in Goodluck Jonathan during the last year presidential election, the president has made them lose face in the midst of their adversaries who now yell at them for foisting on the nation a man who has not disappointed them in their pre-election judgment of him as an unrepentant tribalist.
The onslaught of the Fulani herdsmen across the country has taken a worrisome trend. The deafening silence by the president and his security chiefs has also taken an ungodly dimension. From Enugu to Benue, the Fulani herdsmen armed with AK 47 riffles have killed innocent peasant farmers who had challenged them for encroaching on their farmlands. In Kaduna, the killing of innocent citizens has continued unabated in the Christian dominated southern part of the state. When young men and women from other ethnic nationalities are found with a table knife in their possession by the police during their usual stop and search operation, they are immediately lumped alongside armed robbery suspects in the cell and criminal charges proffered against them. But when a Fulani herdsman is found with an AK 47 riffle and dagger, he’s said to be fortified for self-protection. As a matter of fact it is assumed that it’s part of their dressing. The Buhari administration has inadvertently turned other nationals to second class citizens in their own country while the Fulani herdsmen now see themselves as untouchable in Nigeria.
A young man in Ibadan led two other young University graduates in a farming business with a focus on cucumber cultivation. The farm that traversed about 60 plots in Osun state was recently invaded by the Fulani herdsmen and their cows. The farm was destroyed by the cows who feasted on the cucumbers in full glare of the AK 47 fortified Fulani herdsmen. The story is not different in Iseyin, Oyo State, where large farmlands with near harvest cassava crops were destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen. In Iseyin, it was reported that the herdsmen uprooted the cassava for their cows to feed. The other day, a large number of cattle were roaming the streets of Oluyole estate, Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State a few meters from the residence of the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi. No one dared challenge them because they are the president’s kinsmen.
The state governors have continued to play the mind game of watching the body language of Mr President. Except the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose who together with the state assembly members enacted that historic law against destruction of farmlands by herdsmen in any part of the state, no other state of the federation has considered taking preventive legal action against the unwanted visitors on the farms. The action of Fayose has invariably brought about peace in Ekiti state as Fulani herdsmen have learnt how to behave themselves and live in peace with their neighbours.
It was a beauty to behold when the leaders of the herdsmen met with the farmers under the auspices of the governor and they vowed to abide by the rules and laws of the state in the course of their trade. So, what is happening at short intervals in Enugu, Kadua and Benue States with wanton killings of innocent people by the Fulani herdsmen is now an aberration in Ekiti State. Whether or not the president’s body language is giving the herdsmen tacit approval to continue to wreak havoc on their home communities by destroying their farmlands is of no consequence to Oshokomole and the Ekiti farmers with the law in place.
It was this feat that attracted the action of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye who recently eulogized Fayose for his bravery. He however, urged other governors to emulate him by coming up with pre-emptive actions that will curtail crimes in their domains. Even though this has generated a lot of controversies, the position of the highly revered man of God is undoubtedly understandable. The spirit of the Christian woman who was recently gruesomely murdered in Kano by Islamic fundamentalists is still begging for justice. It was reported that the suspects had been released by the police with a spank on their wrists.
The spirit of the young female pastor who was killed by Islamic fundamentalists in Kubwa is yet to be appeased by meting out punishments to her killers appropriately. The young lady was a pastor at the Kubwa Redeemed Church. The Southern Kaduna dominated by Christians has known no peace since inception of this administration. The reason is not far-fetched. They are objects of attack because they are Christians and in the minority who have no one to protect them except God. As at the last count, no fewer than 808 lives have been lost to the unending invasion of Fulani herdsmen in the area.
These and many other injustices targeted against Christians under the barely two-year reign of Buahri must have precipitated Pastor Adeboye’s outburst in Ado-Ekiti. I don’t think Baba Adeboye would give a blanket approval to all Fayose’s exuberances and indiscreet vituperations especially against Mr President when it was obviously uncalled for. The Oshokomole’s involvements in the ungodly spending of the money meant for the fight against Boko Haram during Jonathan administration is yet to be laid to rest given the quantum of evidence against Fayose by former Minister of State for Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro who confessed to giving out the money to the embattled governor to execute his governorship election.
The same governor still threw caution into the winds by condemning the obvious successes achieved by the president and the Nigeria armed forces sequel to the defeat of Boko Haram inside Sambisa forest. The conquest of the Sambisa forest by the Nigeria Army was at the expense of the lives of our gallant soldiers and senior military officers who were felled by the bullets of Boko Haram fighters during the war. Fayose’s action and utterances have only rubbished the blood of those gallant young officers who were ambushed by the insurgents during the war. All these cannot be what Baba Adeboye was urging other governors to emulate in Fayose. No! It can’t be. It was only premeditated to protest Buhari’s seeming lackluster attitude towards the loss of lives of innocent Nigerians particularly in areas dominated by the Christians.