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TEARS, FEAR AS ‘UNKNOWN GUNMEN’ DEFY SOLUDO’S SOLUTION, UNLEASH TERROR ON ANAMBRA

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Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo

Despite frantic efforts by Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to restore peace and security in the state, the activities of ‘unknown gunmen’ terrorising the state seem not to be abating, write LAWRENCE NJOKU (Southeast Bureau Chief) and UZOMA NZEAGWU (Awka)

Gunshot sounds are increasingly becoming familiar to many residents of Anambra State. As if the trauma that arises from constantly hearing gunshots is not enough, the firers cause arson. They also kidnap. The resultant effect is that their action has returned Anambra to the status of a state under siege. Nowhere is safe anymore. Daily and weekly, stories of attacks on police stations, local council headquarters and other public institutions, killings and kidnappings are heard. Those who perpetrate these acts do not kidnap humans alone; they also ‘kidnap’ vehicles and demand ransom in return.

What surprises residents is the level of confidence these marauders attach to their notorious act. Brazenly, and dressed in black attires, with guns fitted to their chests and ready to fire, they move in choice cars unhindered to their various targets irrespective of the time of the day. They don’t leave any target without inflicting pains, dispossessing people of breadwinners and means of livelihood, among others.

This is indeed not what the two-month old administration of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo bargained for.  Soludo had promised goodies for the people of Anambra State.  But since he took over the reins of power on March 17, this year, one singular challenge that has distorted his programmes and activities is the reign of ‘unknown gunmen’.  As if the headquarters of crime has relocated to the state, certain places in the state have become near impassable due the activities of these marauders.

If Soludo had not prepared to govern, perhaps his administration wouldn’t have been able to make the modest imprints the state has so far witnessed under his watch with the scale of insecurity bedeviling it. He knew from the onset that there was insecurity in the state. On March 1, few days to his swearing in, no fewer than 12 people were killed in the state. But not ready to succumb to the antics of the criminal elements, he quickly moved to address the situation when he assumed office by offering amnesty to those perpetrating crimes in the state. He offered the hoodlums an olive branch while presenting his inaugural speech. He had asked them to down their weapons and embrace dialogue, promising to rehabilitate those that would heed the call.

The governor, who condemned the incessant sit-at-home in the Southeast region, reeled out figures to justify how the economy of the region had suffered from the action, promising to interface with other governors in the region to ensure the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is in detention.

On Wednesday, April 6, Soludo further demonstrated his intention to restore peace to Anambra State by constituting a 15-member Committee on Truth, Justice and Peace.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, had explained that the purpose of the committee was to seek a restorative justice approach for truth-telling or real facts, for the healing of the victims of the violence.

It further stated that the committee would account for the responsibility and accountability of the actors, conditional mercy for the repentant perpetrators, restitution for certain losses and rehabilitation of the perpetrators, for the overall aim of restoration of peace and justice as well as the promotion of development in the state and the region/Nigeria.

“The terms of reference for the committee are to identify the remote and immediate causes of the agitations, restiveness, violence and armed struggle in the South East since 1999.

“Document victims/circumstances of death, brutality and incarceration.

“Identify stakeholders and groups who have played critical roles in the agitations and conflicts, their roles, capabilities and demands.

“Address any other issue(s) that may be germane to unraveling the extent of the crisis and charting the roadmap for the future.

“Make recommendations for sustainable peace and security in Anambra state/South-East,” Chukwulobelu said.

The statement added that the committee would have a direct reporting line to the governor or his designee and would be provided with administrative support.

Members of the committee were Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman; Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Member/Secretary; Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, member.

Other members were Dr. Udenta Udenta, Dr. Uju Agomoh, Rev. Fr Jerome Madueke; Canon Dr. Okechukwu C. Obi-Okoye; Mr. Charles Oputa (Charly Boy); Dr. John Otu; Mr. Ngozi Odumuko; Ms Onyeka Onwenu; Dr. Joe Abah; Mr. Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu; Mr. Sam Egwuatu and Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu.

Still to buttress his seriousness over the issue of peace and security in the state, he had summoned a meeting of market and association leaders aimed at finding ways of recovering the Mondays now being observed as sit-at-home days in the Southeast.

At the meeting, the governor hinted that restarting economic and other activities in the state on Mondays had become necessary since the IPOB, which gave the directive, had since withdrawn it.

However, no sooner had the meeting risen with a resolution to resume activities in the state every Monday than he came under threat and attack of the agitating groups who vowed to see to its failure.

To show that they were not in for games, some gunmen mobilised and launched an attack on the headquarters of Nnewi South local council few days after. The attack took the life of a security man attached to the facility. A week later, they razed the headquarters of Aguata local council, which incidentally is the council area of the governor. With the attacks, those who wanted to return to Monday activities withdrew and since then, the state has witnessed one attack or destruction of public property or another even as kidnapping incidents increase by the day.

In fact, last week, an anonymous group hiding under the aegis of ‘unknown gunmen’ notified the public of their intention to attack nine local councils in the state. The group, believed to be responsible for disturbing the peace and security of the state, warned security operatives to “get ready for action in Biafra land.”

Among the local councils listed for attack were Ihiala, Aguata, Nnewi South, Idemili South, Orumba South, Orumba North and Anambra East.

“These local government areas should wait for us soon. We are warning our dear Professor that it is time for action and not time to speak big grammar and talking. All the security men occupying should get ready for action,” they warned.

The Guardian gathered that since the letter of attack went viral, panic has gripped the affected local councils, as findings showed that majority of the staff either stay away from work or have developed eagle eyes while attending to their duties.

Soludo has, however, asked residents not to panic over the threat by the ‘unknown gunmen’, saying the ‘anonymous’ letter was a tool intended to create tension and fear among the people.

He re-assured the people of their safety and protection, adding that security agencies, with the support of the state government, were jointly working round the clock to maintain law and order.

But despite his assurances, Anambra has turned into another theatre of the absurd in the country with rampant killings and destructions.

Last Sunday, two persons were reportedly killed when the Nigerian military engaged some ‘unknown gunmen’ in a shoot-out at the Federal Housing Estate, 3-3 Nkwelle Ezunaka near Onitsha.

A source said that the shoot-out started when some unidentified riffle-wielding men stormed a spot near the military post but were confronted by troops, leading to exchange of gun fire, which saw expended bullets rain on roof tops of fear-stricken residents.

It was further learnt that the gunmen also visited the Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Onitsha, where they also shot sporadically before leaving.

Reports also had it that on the same day, a yet-to-be-identified policeman was shot dead at Eke Oko in Aguata local council of the state.

An eyewitness account recalled that the victim was riding on his motorcycle when he was intercepted along the road around 6.00pm by ‘unknown gunmen’ and killed. He said the shooting forced road users and residents to scamper for safety.

The following day (Monday), gunmen engaged security operatives in a gun battle and reportedly killed two soldiers while many others sustained injuries.

The same day, the marauders moved to the premises of Idemili North local council secretariat, which houses a Magistrate Court, a Police Post and Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) office. They set ablaze structures within the premises and 32 vehicles.

It was revealed that the arsonists gained entry into the premises in the night to carry out the arson.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the gun battle between security operatives and gunmen but said he was not aware of the killing of military men.

He said the Command was aware of the attack by gunmen on security operatives, who, he noted, engaged them in a gun duel and chased them away.

Tochukwu had blamed arsonists for setting Idemili North local council secretariat on fire, saying: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy. Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area.”

Also commenting on the attack on EEDC’s office, the Head of Communications of the company, Emeka Ezeh, said the inferno occurred about 1.45am, disclosing that it was the handiwork of unidentified criminal elements. He confirmed that about 32 utility and operational vehicles were burnt, including other assets and equipment within the premises.

Ogidi District Office of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company set ablaze by arsonists

Ezeh stated that efforts made to reach the Anambra State Fire Service at the time to rescue the situation did not yield any positive result, adding that members of staff who were on ground could do nothing to salvage the situation.

According to him, it took the intervention of the Commissioner for Utilities, Anambra State, Julius Chukwuemeka, to drag the Fire Service team to the scene of the incident about 9.05am.

He regretted that the ugly incident took place at a time the company had invested so much to improve its operations and transform the socio-economic landscape of the area.

Also last Monday, the ‘unknown gunmen’ kidnapped a member of the State House of Assembly, representing Aguata II State Constituency, Okechukwu Okoye popularly called Okey Di Okay. He was kidnapped alongside his driver. As at the time of filing this report, he was yet to be rescued.

The traditional ruler of Isuofia community, His Highness, Igwe C.A.O. Muoghalu expressed shock over the development. He described the act as “one of the worst crimes unimaginable committed against not only Isuofia community, but also Aguata II State Constituency and the generality of Anambra.”

A statement issued on his behalf by the Secretary of Palace, Chukwujekwu Orajiuka, said there was no excuse for the wicked act, adding that no one should ever go through the traumatic experience of being a victim of violence, be it political or otherwise.

“Nigeria seems to be living through the normalisation of political violence, and abduction has remained a stubbornly grim part of the electioneering life in the rest of Nigeria. And so, the plot to vanquish the political pursuits of Dr. Okoye is totally condemned,” he noted.

The monarch urged security agencies to spare no efforts in taking significant steps to rescue Okoye. He called for his immediate and unconditional release and safe return “failing which the land of Isuofia shall fight her own cause” till the contrivers are brought to book.

Some residents who reacted to the ugly developments in the state wondered why the ‘unknown gunmen’ have chosen to sustain the attacks on the state. They stated that Soludo, like any other concerned Igbo, “is interested in the good and development of Igboland and has not done anything to compromise on it.”

“If they say he is not supporting Biafra, they should know that he started from his campaign days to insist that those agitating for Biafra should be listened to. As governor, he has visited Nnamdi Kanu and held fruitful discussions with him. That is why we are worried that these attacks may not be coming from the IPOB. They may not be coming from those agitating for Biafra. They may be targeted at ensuring that they unsettle him as governor and on the long run, create problem for the economy of the state,” a resident, Ibe Ugochukwu said.

President General of the Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders (COSEYL), Goodluck Ibem, also admitted that the attacks on Anambra State were no longer funny, stressing that the collective effort of the leaders of the state was required to handle it.

Speaking specifically on the burning of Idemili local council headquarters, he noted that those who caused the mayhem were the enemies of Ndigbo, urging the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.

“While some religious extremists are busy destroying the properties and goods of Igbos in Sokoto and Yobe States in the northern part of the country, another set of criminals is in our doorstep burning down government property in Igboland. This smacks of a conspiracy to scuttle the progress, security and development of Ndigbo.

“But the recent burning and destruction of Idemili North local council secretariat and the Magistrate Court in Ogidi barely 24 hours after the governor visited Mazi Kanu at DSS custody confirms our earlier stance that those behind the attacks, killings and burning of government properties and institutions in Anambra State are elements opposed to the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the progress of Igboland.

“These elements are making huge profits from the incarceration of Kanu and his release will scuttle their illicit business hence the attack on Anambra State government properties just in a bid to discourage the governor of the state from his legitimate pursuit that will bring lasting peace to the Southeast zone,” Ibem added.

The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) also condemned the rising attacks on critical public utilities, insisting that time has come for security forces to improve on their intelligence skills to save the country.

The Principal Officers of Intersociety, Emeka Umeagvalasi and Obianuju Igboeli, said the burning of the administrative headquarters of the EEDC in Idemmili North local council was an act of sabotage.

“We renew our call for total overhauling of intelligence and securitisation services in the Southeast which have totally failed and are on a verge of collapse so as to effectively track troubling criminalities in the region and stop the rampancy of civilian deaths and property destruction.

“We also urge all the fighting parties in the Southeast to immunise and spare all critical public utilities from their attacks and grievances for sake of humanity and decent, peaceful, progressive and cohesive living and development,” the duo said.

As it is, what dominates discussions in the state now is how long this carnage would last, as the gunmen seem emboldened by the day to unleash terror on innocent citizens. Thus, nobody is sure what would happen next. How the governor and the security agencies would tame this tide remains to be seen.

THE GUARDIAN

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FIRST DAUGHTER MARRIAGE IN ELEME LAND (OSI-ECHI OSILA IN ELEME LAND)

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Marriage rites for an Eleme First Daughter like her birthday come with Joy and marked with far greater festivities.

By Emmanuel Obe

This is because she bears the title or pet name ‘Osila’.

Osila is always One in any family – ‘Osila bin nne’ that has female children and her birth is a reward to her parents especially, her father since it promises a return for his investment in the marriage between himself and his dear wife.

This reward is never a monetary reward but a blessing and pride to any family whose daughter overcomes the challenges of childhood, the temptations in single hood and graduates into marriage.

Mr. Emmanuel Obe explains that the first daughter is carried shoulder-high by a relative to the market (Echi) where she would purchase some items in the company of children and women who cheer her up singing and chanting in praise of her.

Remember the song, ‘So onwi nje, ame ka nee’ and the celebrated ‘Osila kasi Echi….’

Here are some beautiful pictures of Osi-echi Osila Ceremony among others.

Eleme is a tribe in Rivers State, Nigeria whose people make up the Eleme Local Government Area and plays host to multinational companies including a Onne Seaport.





Special regards to the Photographer.

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WHY NORTH IS IMPLODING

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SOMETHING extraordinary is happening in Northern Nigeria, alias Arewa. The sons of the poor are up in arms. In cahoots with foreigners from far and near, they are killing their own kinsmen, women and children.

By Ochereome Nnanna

They are kidnapping them for multimillion naira ransoms, destroying their own communities and driving away the elite to Abuja. The poor are fleeing in droves to the South.

The evil seeds sown over the past 218 years by the founders of Sokoto Caliphate, the most backward Islamic system in the world, have grown and are bearing fruits in multiple folds. Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and a host of other Mid-Eastern peaceful and prosperous countries are also rooted in the Islamic culture.

Arewa and the wider Nigeria society it controls are fractured because of the unwholesome exploitation of Islam by founders of Sokoto Caliphate. It is a system that keeps the elite in snug opulence without any regard for the grassroots.

It is highly oppressive, wicked and bloody. It operates by divide and rule. It is an enterprise rooted on fraud and corruption; a pirate system which is incapable of building an inclusive, prosperous country.

Meaningful development has stalled all over Nigeria because we surrendered our birthrights to the political buccaneers of the Caliphate. We are all drowning in the rot foisted upon us by this evil system. Those of us who complain are called names.

What is happening in the North is a revolt of the oppressed grassroots against the system. In the North West, the Fulani herdsmen, who have been downtrodden by their own powerful and affluent kinsmen, have also taken up arms.

They are killing everything in sight and abducting those they can lay their hands on for ransom. They are rustling cattle and creating little empires of their own in the ungoverned spaces of the Sahelian wilderness.

They will soon start setting up political territories. Take it to the bank: The Bandit Terrorists will soon adopt a political agenda and position themselves for an Islamic theocracy to upstage the Sokoto Caliphate. Indeed, that was what Sheikh Ahmad Gumi tried to persuade them to do.

The Bandit Terrorists are mainly Fulani nomadic herdsmen who were kept in the bushes to rear livestock for their affluent and powerful kinsmen who call the shots in the government houses and bureaucracies, emir’s palaces and mosques. For over two centuries, their own powerful kinsmen kept them marginalised, feeding fat from their nomadism.

While the “home” Fulani freeloaded off the milk and honey of Nigeria, sending their pampered children to the best schools in the world, the “bush” Fulani had no access to modern education, health, other basic amenities. They lived with their livestock among wild animals. The world passed them by.

Meanwhile, the forests in which they grazed their animals were rapidly being converted to farms and housing/industrial projects by the owners and governments. For instance, those who used to graze their animals in today’s Abuja have nowhere to go.

Unlike the more progressive Igbo, Yoruba and other tribes which embraced education and created free escape routes from poverty for their grassroots, the Fulani elite, in their blind selfishness, kept their own cousins hidden in the bushes. Only Professor Jibril Aminu, as an education minister, lobbied General Ibrahim Babangida of the need for “nomadic education”.

It was a carbon copy of Muhammadu Buhari’s “Ruga”. Aminu’s “nomadic education” did not raise much eyebrow because it was not presented like “Ruga”, a land-grabbing ploy, as it was perceived, especially in the South. The scheme, however, collapsed shortly after Babangida left power.

Many of the nomads were already turning to crime, mainly cattle-rustling, when some desperate Fulani political leaders plotted to use them to force their way back to power after Buhari lost the 2011 election.

The story of how local and foreign Fulani were assembled in the bushes of Zamfara and Niger, armed and trained to come out and fight if Buhari lost the 2015 election, is in the public arena. No one has refuted it till date. They were promised land all over Nigeria. When the politicians were not forthcoming, the attacks started.

Buhari spent the best of the past six and half years trying to force indigenous landowners to give up their ancestral patrimonies for the settlement of nomads. The moves came in several forms: “Ruga”, “Cattle Colonies”, “Grazing Reserves”, “Grazing Routes”, National Livestock Transformation Plan, “Water Resources Bill”, and others.

Meanwhile, armed herdsmen conducted waves of attacks on farmers and indigenous communities with law enforcement and security agencies doing little to stop them. Indeed, individuals and communities which tried to defend themselves were harassed and arrested.

The Federal Government even sent the military to the South East to hunt down people suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, which was established by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to defend their people against armed Fulani herdsmen invaders.

These were desperate measures taken by the ruling Fulani elite under Buhari to force indigenous Nigerians to pay for the Fulani neglect of their own grassroots. But, of course, it has not worked; will never work.

It has only led to unrequited bloodshed and the needless stigmatisation of an ethnic group that many Nigerians used to admire for their beauty, exotic culture and deft political and administrative acumens.

Now that the North West bandits have been declared as terrorists like Boko Haram, we must bring them to heel. After that, nomadism should be outlawed and nomads brought into the civilised population to live under the law as normal humans and citizens.

The foolish attempts to seize lands from indigenous people for allocation to the nomads must continue to be resisted till they drop it. The dog cannot eat excrement while the goat suffers rotten mouth!

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WHAT A COUNTRY: Never This Bad [Opinion]

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WE promised last week that this page would be dedicated this week to predicting Nigeria in the year 2022.

BY SOLA EBISENI

Events shortly afterwards merely taught me, as the Yoruba will call Him in the countless names ascribed to God for His Majesty and invincibility, that the power of knowing the end from the beginning belongs only to Eledumare.

He made revelations of the events only a few hours after the publication of the column, through President Muhammadu Buhari in his drab interview with Channels Television.

Most unusually, there was nothing in the interview of our President worthy of the front page of or analysis by newspapers. So uninspiring it was that the vociferous ethnic nationality organisations which have rightly assumed the position of opposition in the face of the mute indifference by political parties preferred this time to ignore the President’s interview.

The most puzzling of it all, as revealed by Seun Okinbaloye and Maupe Ogun-Yusuf, some of the best hands in that field in this generation, was that the questions were not new but in fact forwarded to the President. Besides, the questions themselves were virtually repetitive of earlier interviews as there’s nothing new or salutary added to Nigeria by this government.

This time around and as usual, the Igbo nation came under the flack of the Commander-in-Chief. This time he did not directly refer to the South East as a dot on the map of Nigeria, but euphemistically meant so when he queried the call for restructuring which he rhetorically reduced to a call for more states.

The president had wondered, referring to the map of Nigeria, what space there was to create the sixth for the South East which is the only region with five states. Obviously, having been the beneficiary of an expo with respect to the leakage of the questions to him, the President appeared to have made up his mind to repeat the sentences his attention was fixed on since the campaigns leading to his maiden electoral victory in 2015.

Without realising the implications of the contents of some of the speeches written for him on restructuring or its true federalism variant, the President emphatically poured out his fixed mind challenging the advocates of restructuring to define the concept. When he denied understanding restructuring, Maupe attempted to tap the President’s knowledge on its simpler and self-explanatory variant of power devolution. Even then, in her usual hard copy style, she broke the concept down to the overload the Federal Government was carrying and whether it could shed some powers to the states and local governments.

Without any correlation, the relationship between states and local governments which have often irritated him without pretence was what the President latched on as if the life of his government depended on it. The idea of the states not being fair to the local governments was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back putting an end to further questions on the subject, particularly as the Channels crew had been forewarned against follow-up engagements for obvious reasons.

All Seun and Maupe could do were to show their viewers the broadcast of the President when he said sometime in 2019 towards his second term elections that it was time the nation considered true federalism. Of course, Buhari is too strict and disciplined to contemplate not to talk of accusing him of deceiving Nigerians for elections purposes.  Several times, right from the first week of his administration when the President and his cohorts feigned ignorance of the meaning and contents of the term restructuring, they had often been asked to take a look at the 2014 National Conference reports.

As time went on, the reports of the El-Rufai Committee on True Federalism, being his party’s making have been recommended for Mr President’s attention and necessary actions. One would have thought that has taken a swipe at restructuring, the interviewers would have let the President be. No. They would have none of it.

They got more than they bargained for when they asked the President if State Police was an option in the fight against insecurity. The President was obviously watching their mouth for the right words to latch on. Just like he did when he grabbed the word ‘relationship’ while discussing devolution of powers from the federal down the line; this time, he picked the word ‘option’ and flatly retorted that State Police was not an option.

Though expecting no thematic analysis of his answer, I was nevertheless taken aback when the President veered off track, repeating the same answers he gave Arise Television almost a year earlier when he gave the example of an unnamed South-West governor who came complaining about herdsmen problems in his state and his own advice that he should go home and act as the true Chief Security Officer of his state.

This time around, he named Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and spoke exclusively on the need to revive the internal conflict resolution mechanism where traditional rulers were mediating between farmers and herders.

In view of the caveat on follow-up questions, Mr President could not be reminded if he did not know that traditional rulers mean nothing to bandits who have sacked and burnt the palaces of Obas, Obis, Emirs, Obongs and other traditional rulers, including the kidnapping and killing of many of them, so devastating that the Emirs and even governor of the President’s home state, Katsina, have become so utterly distraught to call on citizens to rise up in their own defence.

The President deceptively described the North West as people of the same tribe, language and culture. He was indignantly aghast that they were killing themselves and stealing one another’s cows. The truth is that deliberate official falsehood is no route to solutions to the nation’s intractable security problems.

The truth is that, except in the only two states of Kano and Jigawa, the other five states of the North West, including Katsina, are vastly heterogeneous and constituted by several ethnic nationalities. Contrary to the President’s deliberate misinformation of ethnic cohesion, the inhabitants are of different tribes and tongues and agrarian in occupational culture, except for the migrant Fulani cattle herders.

The war in the region is between the indigenous nationalities, including the Hausa and other minority groups on one hand and the Fulani on the other. The Fulani who are in the minority in terms of number nonetheless constitutes the ruling class calling the shots in traditional rulership, Islamic religion and governance from the local government to governorship.

All presidents of Nigeria of Northern extraction have been produced by the Fulani. Hausa as the lingua franca, meant to give a semblance of oneness in the North is as such a ruse as the English language uniting Nigerians.

In spite of its monumental rejection and utter failure, it is most pathetic that Buhari was still wasting his presidential energy talking about creating grazing routes at the twilight of his most uninspiring administration.

As one of the elders around me asked innocently as this column was being put together, why would Buhari personally practise animal husbandry as a private business through ranching but hell-bent on consigning other Nigerians of his ethnic stock to the hazards of nomadism through the forests, from Sambisa in the North East to Eba Island in Ondo State up to Obudu in Cross River?

It is no gainsaying that the unending troubles of the herders is being encouraged by the Buhari administration. Its grievous import further dawned on me at the Conference of Ethnic nationalities held at Awka Anambra State from January 3 to 5.

Chief Iorbee Ihagh, retired Comptroller of Prisons and President General of the Tiv World Wide, when presenting the case of his people lamented that Benue State had the largest number of camps and population of Internally Displaced Persons.

He disclosed among others that his ward in his local government had been swept off the indigenous populations by Fulani herdsmen.

Watching and listening to President Buhari during the interview was so distressing that Nigeria had never had it so bad in its choice of leadership since Independence. The interview inspired nothing but pity for a nation so blessed but rendered comatose by the inappropriate choice of a leader.

The President’s talks on restructuring are mere braggadocio. It is a big challenge to the National Assembly and the wastage of taxpayers money on constitutional amendment. Nonetheless, neither the President nor the rubber-stamp legislature can stop an idea which time has come.

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