Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:42

Why are Muslim Fulanis Killing Christian Nigerians?

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

If an event is occasional people tend to shrug it off and move on but if it is frequent they ask why it occurs.

If people can ascertain the reason(s) why it occurs they deal with it but if the reason is unknown that leads to conspiracy theories.

In Nigeria it has kind of become frequent for Fulani cattle herdsmen to kill people. They have done so at many states, especially in those states bordering Hausa-Fulani states.

The latest killing is the mayhem at Benue state; in it over twenty one people were hacked to death by Fulani herdsmen.

Why do they do it? No one but the herdsmen knows for sure why they seem sadistic and enjoy killing their fellow country folk. Because folks do not know why these acts of savagery occur they speculate as to why Fulani herdsmen do it.

Conspiracy theories now abound as to why these people callously, as if they have no conscience that killing is wrong, no feelings, and no sympathy for people, kill men, women and children in several parts of Nigeria.

Worse, when they do it the President of Nigeria, a Fulani keeps quiet and says or does nothing to rein in his people, the sadistic killers. By his silence he appears to encourage the killing of the people he is supposedly there to protect, Nigerians.

So, what is going on here? Why are Fulanis killing Nigerians?  That is what I want to know.

Right off the bat let me quickly say that I do not know why these cattle Fulani act like the worst barbarians and vandals the world has known.

One of the conspiracy theories that have reached me is that there is a plan in these killings. Folks say that the Plan is doing what so-called Janjaweed Arabs did in southern Sudan: randomly kill people so as to intimidate them into leaving their lands and running away and thus leave the lands for the so-called Sudanese Arabs to take over.

Sudanese Arabs systematically terrorized African South Sudanese, enslaved and killed them in raids at night and day.

The Janjaweed Arabs, who are as black as charcoal but claim to be Arabs, systematically terrorized southern Sudanese folk.

The consequence was that the various African tribes in the south, mostly Dinka and Nuer felt their backs against the wall and had one of two choices: give in and be killed or fight back.

They chose to fight back and after many years of protracted war succeeded in separating from the strangle hold of Northern Sudanese so-called Arabs.

Fulanis are said to have Arab origins; they supposedly were part of the Arabs who swept into North Africa in the 700s and thereafter moved into Spain; apparently, some of them drifted southwards and reached today's Guinea in West Africa; they settled in Guinea (and mixed with local African groups...their language is a mix of Arabic and African languages) and subsequently became cattle herders; they took their cattle to all over West and Central Africa.

The Fulanis or black Arabs are said to be invested in doing in Nigeria and other West African countries what they did in Sudan, use terror to intimidate the people to accepting them as their leaders (they tried it in Ghana with their cattle eating farmers crops until the Ghanaian government put a stop to it).

In Nigeria, beginning with Othman Dan Fodio, in 1804, Fulanis took over the Hausa states and imposed their emirs on Hausas.

They are said to be on the march, once again, this time to extend their rule to all over Nigeria and appoint their people as the emirs of all Nigeria towns.

Many Southern Nigerians say that the Fulani are trying to extend their Sokoto based Muslim Caliphate, begun by Othman Dan fodio, to all over Nigeria.

As they did in conquering Hausa states in the early nineteenth century, they use terror, intimidation and random killing to arouse fear in the people so that the people fear death and therefore allow Fulanis to rule over them or they are killed.

I do not know whether this conspiracy theory, that Fulanis want to take over Nigeria, is really what is going on.

As noted, where folks do not know the cause of activities they speculate.  The idea of extension of the Fulani Sokoto Muslim Caliphate is probably conjectural, but it is not a farfetched conjecture.

Whatever is the cause of Fulanis killing Christian Nigerians, clearly, the killings must stop. If it continues the effect will be exactly as in South Sudan.

Christian Nigerians will have no choice but to fight back and the result will be the fragmentation of Nigeria into small countries.

I do not know if this is the result that the Fulanis expect but that is exactly what they will get if they continue their random killing of people.

Human beings are not flies for Fulanis to swat to death at will. Fulani herdsmen must immediately stop killing Nigerians.

Insensitive President Mohammadu Buhari, who does nothing as his Muslim people kill Christian Nigerians, must immediately intervene and stop his people from killing Christian Nigerians.

Christian Nigerians have had enough of Muslim Fulani barbarism.

Post Script

The herdsmen should have ranches in Northern Nigeria where they care for their cattle; let them grow grass with which they feed their cattle and stop roaming all over Nigeria with their cattle. Ranching is how Westerners grow their cattle; they did roam around with their cattle in the nineteenth century and the problem they generated for farmers, as they are now doing for Nigerian farmers, led to ranching.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 14, 2018

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176