Insecurity: What to be done, Oluwo writes Buhari, governors

By Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi

I begin to read about Nigeria and Nigerians at my early days in primary school. Nigeria is a complex nation with numerous ethnic attachments. I grew to note that Nigeria was born with many challenges, competing with human to discredit official leaders. All leadership positions are not without challenges as managing human and resources is the most difficult task. A nation built on ethnic rivalry as Nigeria requires painstaking management. Some families and peers failure have invited countless hardship on the leaders, presumably government and traditional Rulers while failure of past occupants of various leadership positions have zero the trust in leadership.

I condole with Nigerians and families of those who have lost their relatives to banditries and all forms of insecurities. I pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear their irreplaceable losses. As a natural paramount ruler and one of the fathers to the nation, I am bereaved. No father is happy when his children are killed. To you all, may God forgive your shortcomings.

It is not without anyone’s knowledge that today’s problems were products of yesterday’s failures. The root cause of insecurity transcending to the Southwestern states associated with kidnappings, rapings and subsequent ransom collections are products of past failures of some stakeholders in the government and families.

The root cause of today’s predicament associated with insecurity and linked to the Fulani/Bororo were invited by past corrupt and visionless leaders who could not foretold it that leaving people to stay in the forest without amenities, luxury of life and modern technology will unavoidably promote insecurity at a slight exposure to those accessories.

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Today, some Fulanis/Bororos in the forest have been exposed to luxurious benefits such as cars, magnificent houses and amenities. We have them as house maids, house assistants, gatemen while we kept our cows with some of them as business. At a taste of such luxuries and in comparison with life in the forest, where there are no wives, no electricity, no road, no spices, no car, no modern structure, they took to arms, kidnapping, raping, torturing and demanding ransom to enjoy life accessories. The end justifies the means. Some Fulanis are neglected. The government know they are Nigerians but refuse to address their solitary lifestyle. Many of them refused to be educated. We have such in major ethnic divisions in Nigeria. These people in the core grassroots felt little or no taste of government. And they feel the pleasure of having houses, cars from all of us. They device means, illegal or not, they care less.

In an attempt to belong, they resorted to means of raising their standard, not minding the consequence. In the unrepentant move, many became victims, innocently maimed and killed. The Fulanis are everywhere. They have domesticated their lifestyles. They know the nooks and crannies of everywhere. Many have their parents and grandparents born here. They know no home except place of birth. They eat the food of place of birth, speak the language and cohabit mostly in the forest. Many are now building block houses instead of their traditional huts. Unfortunately, many of them are not attracted to formal education. That complicates the problem. To make the matter worse, the bandits who find joy in disturbing human peace infiltrated their ranks. They operate together and develop technicalities in kidnapping and ransom collections.

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President Mohammadu Buhari

PIECE OF ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT

As a long term solution, the affairs of those people at the core grassroots without social amenities and basic infrastructures should be properly monitored and catered for urgently. Formal education or vocational skills should be made compulsory for herders. Parents of children between 5 and 25 years seen with cows should be prosecuted. I have done this in my domain. The herders should be made to be educate, embrace cities lifestyle and not bush. They should be empowered with education. The life is richer in the cities than the bush. Doing such will shape their aspiration to legal means of making huge income.

Also, data management of everyone on Nigeria soil is a necessity to efficiently monitor and detect infiltration. I commend the federal government led by President Muhammed Buhari for enforcing NIN. The value is priceless. The enlightened will appreciate this better, soon. Creating data bank for Nigerians will enable security agents and agencies to easily monitor criminals and crimes.

Equally, ranching should be promoted by the government. Developing countries as Nigeria should be attracted to modern means of raising animals, most especially cattle. Open grazing may continue to lead to breach of peace. The government should give proper orientatation everyone, not only the Fulanis, on effective means of raising animals.

Also, traditional rulers across Nigeria should see themselves as fathers to the nation, irrespective of ethnic background. There was a time I visited the Fulanis, where they reside and I called myself their Emir. I understand the phenomenon and move along. Leadership requires given your people the desired attention and cater for them. Irrespective of your ethnicity, you are my subject on my land. Our monarchs, being the closest to every tribe in their domain, should embrace them such that at a fragile point as this, they can be easily controlled.

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Nigeria Governors’Forum

MY APPEAL

For those who know me and have read about me can attest to it that I have experienced war. At war, there is no children, no parents, no family and no friends. At war, you will see human eating human flesh. Is that what we are drumming? No. I can not be part of that.

I appeal to Nigerians to embrace peace. What war can do, peace can do better.

Once again, I mourn the victims of insecurity, condole with their families and pray for a peaceful nation.

And to all of us in leadership position, this is the most critical time to domesticate special intervention programmes to the grassroots dwellers. It does not have to be for the Fulanis alone. Banditry knows no tribe. Nigeria will rise. Let’s promote her greatness.

PARAMOUNT RULER OF IWOLAND, (HIM), OBA DR ABDULROSHEED ADEWALE AKANBI, ALASE LORI ORISHA, TELU I

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