Governor Lalong Advised Not To Succumb To Blackmail Over Establishment Of Grazing Reserve
By Our Correspondent
There is an unfolding conspiracy today in Nigeria to promote the Islamisation of the country through every means possible above the constitution, which guarantees equal rights and freedom of religious conviction. One of such methods is the plan to confiscate the farming communities’ land to give to the Fulani herdsmen. It is wrong for government to use tax payers’ money to establish private businesses for the herdsmen. Already, the country is combating incessant clashes of farmers and the Fulani herdsmen throughout the country.
Establishment of ranges/reserves should be restricted and be left for anyone, who wants to go into animal husbandry. Driving herds of cattle all over the country is an excuse to mass murder of people, especially those of the Christian faith. Besides, it is very wrong for the federal government to seize community lands and give same to private business men, who are cattle breeders. This system favours one group of persons at the expense of others.
Government’s attempt to solve herdsmen/farmers’ incessant clashes by introducing grazing/ranges reserves is to promote or extend the herdsmen’s terrorist activities, which is unacceptable by the generality of the people of this country.
In a paper presented by Bishop Bagobiri at New York’s UN Headquarters at a global Congress co-sponsored by the Holy See and “Citizen Go” (a Madrid-based NGO), aimed at defending religious freedom and stopping atrocities on Christians and other believers, he said, … “faced with the Boko Haram and nomadic Fulani Herdsmen Marauders, both of them being Islamist terrorist organizations: They kill, main, destroy properties through bombings, guerrilla-like attacks and practice all forms of discrimination and marginalization against non-Muslims. The difference between these two groups of killers, who are equally brutal, is that, while Boko Haram today kills both Muslim and Christians, the Fulani herdsmen target only the indigenous communities of the “Middle-Belt region,” who are mainly and predominantly Christian communities.”
During the State-of-Emergency in Plateau imposed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (a master of speaking from both sides of the mouth), the Plateau Patriots in a document titled, “Our Stand,” Volume 2, listed the chronology of some attacks on Christian settlements by Yelwa Muslims and their visiting militia on 2nd May, 2004. The series of detailed attacks on the people of Plateau are contained in the table below, to substantiate their statement.
The Patriots reminded their readers that all the incidents of attacks took place within the Northern Senatorial district of Plateau State, and systematically switched from the Northern zone of the state right on to the Southern Senatorial zone of the state.
If Governor Lalong is sensitive to the plight of the people he governs, he is advised not to allow an inch of land in Plateau State for establishment of ranges, or grazing area. He should listen to the voices of people, who voted and brought him to power. He is not a governor from the defunct North, but a government from the Middle-Belt Region. All these attacks will not make a responsible government to even listen to the request of the federal government with regards to Grazing Reserves.
Plateau State is an agricultural producing area, and so the entire people are predominantly farmers; there is, therefore, no an inch of vacant land that is available to be given to Fulani herdsmen. Already, the present insecurity in Plateau remains a time-bomb, and nothing should be done to explore it.