It is those given the power to protect Nigerians but fail to do so that are the real enemies of Nigeria. Those put in positions of authority for the good of the generality of Nigerians but have chosen to use such positions to push narrow tribal interests over the rest are our enemies. Those who have no respect for our institutions but mortgage our public patrimony to the personal or political interests of their paymaster are enemies of Nigeria.
Even while the armed Fulani herdsmen rampaged through the Middle Belt and Southern states, the IGP ordered the various Police Commands to disarm community vigilante groups. Many people read this move as an attempt to further render these communities vulnerable to attacks by the heavily-armed “Gaddafi boys from Libya” as President Muhammadu Buhari calls the Fulani militia. It is as if IGP Idris is determined to ensure that the call by retired General Theophilus Danjuma for communities to defend themselves from these land-grabbing militia, does not succeed
President Buhari’s frequent explanation that Fulani herders “only carry sticks and machetes to clear the bush” is very deceptive. Nigerians have never had any problems with Fulani herders who only carry sticks and machetes or daggers because they never used these simple implements to harass or threaten anybody.
Fulani domination is possible only because other Nigerians choose to be docile and gullible. I won’t blame the relatively newcomer minority Fulani for their sagacity in dominating the vast majority of indigenous Nigerians. You can ride a camel only because it is willing to lie low for you.