Herdsmen Killings: It seems the Sultan of Sokoto does not read newspapers


The state of insecurity in Nigeria has remained an all-time low since 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari was elected president.

The administration whose campaign promises hinged on Security, Economy and Corruption has failed to achieve success on all fronts, especially in Security.

The famed “General” status of President Buhari has not performed the magic expected of it. Even though individuals like former President Olusegun Obasanjo asserted that while he is not confident the President had any significant fiscal intelligence but at least vouched for his capability when it comes to tackling insecurity.

Three years down the line, Obasanjo’s vouchsafe has proven useless. The relatively unknown Fulani Herdsmen have gripped the attention of the country through mindless killings which the federal government through its media propaganda system has renamed “farmers-herders” clashes.

The attacks at the initial stage moved from the Middle belt to some Southern states in the country but it was quickly nipped in the bud by proactive Governors and leaders in the region but the same cannot be said of the middle belt where the blood is flowing ceaselessly.

The trio of Benue, Plateau and Taraba has been the worst hit with thousands of individuals sent to their early graves. The last attack in Plateau left over two hundred dead while their land has allegedly been occupied by their attackers.

The president has blamed the attacks on several groups at different times including the Ghaddafi boys but he has finally shifted the blame on politicians while the Sultan of Sokoto through the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has described the attacks as a conspiracy against Buhari.

The Sultan who is the leader of NSCIA has rather chose to be untruthful with words by describing the attacks as a conspiracy against Buhari.

In a situation where lives are being lost mindlessly, reducing the deaths of hundreds of innocent people to a conspiracy against the President is an all-time low from the group.

The states affected by these killings are states that were won convincingly by President Buhari in the year 2015. Does it imply that Ortom, Lalong and others are killing their people to spite the President? It’s impossible.

The Sultan like other Northern Leaders has not seen the urge to call the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria an unknown group in the country that suddenly assumed prominence with the emergence of President Buhari to order.

The group has been at the forefront of making provocative statements after every major attack by the Herders including inciting ones and none of them has been arrested by the security agencies!

The NSCIA under the Leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto is advised to place the country above self in other to end the unnecessary killings in the country by the Herders.

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