Count Plateau State Out Of Grazing Reserves
As a result of Master Plan for Islamisation of Nigeria by President Muhammad Buhari administration, Ephraim Adiele of Associate Editor – November 11, 2015, reported that Nigeria sent secret Delegation to Pakistan for talks. A secret 10-member delegation from Nigeria was reported to have arrived Pakistan on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The incident was also reported by the Associated Press of Pakistan.
As part of Buhari’s plan to Islamise Nigeria, he has decided to create Grazing Reserves throughout the country for his fellow Fulani herdsmen. At a media engagement, he has used his Agricultural Sector chief, who passed the idea to some of the governors in the Middle-Belt states.
The brainwashed governors have gone ahead to propose the grazing sites with the areas of Mikang and Langtang North Local Government areas. It will be wrong for any responsible government, at whatever level, to seize community land and give it to private businessmen, who are cattle breeders, as it favours one group at the expense of others.
The Fulani herdsmen are business people like others seeking the opportunity to market and enlarge their trade. This is not the wish of Mikang or Lantang North, and Plateau people in general, to forfeit an inch of their land because there is no land to give out. Besides, there is severe pressure on the existing land because of population explosion.
There is also an urgent need of land for farming. The larger part of the population are peasant farmers; and there is also the issue of teeming population of unemployed youth that have taken to farming, since the Federal and State Governors cannot give them jobs. Besides, the nomadic culture of moving cattle from one place to another is no longer fashionable because it is a primitive idea in the face of technological development.
The unproductive current nomadic system is evidently clear because of the so many attacks on mostly Christian settlements and along with their visiting herdsmen and militia attacks. For example, from February 2004 to 18th May, 2004, to mention just a few incidents, the following settlements were attacked and many people were mercilessly killed, namely: Shimankar, Duben, Yemini Yelwa, Tunbi, Tukung, Ngwazam, Kwapur, Durka, Nyuun, Raweya Gada/Rijiya, Dolari, Ndukak, Sake, Kaw-Karbang, Bakin Ciyawa, Biem-Biem, Ngat, Sabon Gida, Jirim, Gidan Sabo Saminaka and many others.
The increasing spate of the herdsmen insurgency has devastated majority farming communities in Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states within the Middle-Belt with extension to places like Southern Kaduna and Taraba state – all within the Middle-Belt area.
The most recent worst attacks were on people of Agatu and Toto, and yet the president failed to come out openly to comment and attack the action of the herdsmen – in spite of the herdsmen, who caused havoc, raped women and, worst still, armed with sophisticated weapons is a grave concern to the people and a grave security threat to the country in general.
We, in Conscience Triumph, had maintained a position that the proposed grazing reserves policy is a master plan by Buhari Administration to Islamise Nigeria, and this should not be allowed to happen.