Now check out this scenario and headlines from some conventional and social media: “Bandits now two miles to Abuja”, “Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar’s Air Craft Supplies Arms/Ammunition/Food to Bandits in Niger State” “Fulani Want To Overrun Nigeria”. “Buhari Will Hand Over To Bandits”. “Several Trucks Carrying Suspected Bandits Arrive Abuja”.
Indeed, these frightening headlines, initially taken with levity, are now beginning to tell us that something sinister is about to happen in Nigeria. Could it be that the so called armed robbers were in Aso Rock on a reconnaissance mission or their presence in the supposedly fortified place in Nigeria was a rehearsal to “planned take over?” Could it be that they came to have a taste of the place before hand? Many questions, but where are the answers?
Who brought them in, in the first place? How did they meander their way to the Chief of Staff’s official residence which is also located within the precincts? Government houses particularly Nigeria’s seat of power are impregnable, no matter the way one looks at it. By the time an intruder goes through the security hurdles, winding his way through to the residence of the ruling class, he would have been caught up in the web.
Now the shocking story that mare armed robbers made an unsuccessful attempt to rob the Chief of Staff undetected; is a story for the marines. Is the State House that porous that ordinary gangsters can walk in and walk out uncaught? These are the questions Mallam Garba Shehu must answer.
Recently, it was reported in news media that bandits/BokoHaram have taken over a town called Shiroro in Niger State and foisted their flag, displacing over 3000 residents. Another community, Muya was said to have fled. The big question is: where were the Nigerian troops when they invaded the town with myriad of truck loads of their men and of course ammunitions and food?
Why were their movements unchallenged? Were they goaded by the authorities to take over the place, a situation that gave them the audacity to hoist their flags? The flag hosting says it all: that the place is a conquered of the territory; that’s the characteristics of the medieval warriors who identified their territories through flag hoisting. It also signifies that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, is days away from invasion. And if that happens; Nigeria would have fallen to the terrorists. It is sad Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over all these.
Sadly too, the lamentation in every quarter that insecurity is swallowing the whole gamut appears to be strange to him. His spokesman and Senior Special Assistant on Media Garba Shehu, continually issues vexatious statements making issues like this more languorous. But the point remains that No Plan To Fulanisation Nigeria Shall Work. Nigeria Cannot Be Recreated, period! I stand with Olusegun Obasanjo and Theophilus Danjuma on this position.
Now, does Buhari want to hand over to the Fulani bandits to turn Nigeria to a sultanate with Abuja as its headquarters? This question, once dismissed as imprudence and rash is becoming a reality by the day. The nation is in turmoil, almost being overrun by foreign militias and our President and Command-in-Chief is complacent. The Armed Forces have been kept docile and in mood of sitdon dey look and we keep thinking that story is silly?
On Tuesday, April 11,2021, the Southern governors came out to boldly and collectively ban Open Grazing; then the next day, the acting Inspector General of Police ordered for the withdrawal of the security personnel attached the governors of the Southsouth and Southeast zones. To them, no opposing views except theirs. The governors had in the meeting in Asaba, Delta State, came strong against nepotism, open grazing, and supported restructuring, application of the federal character principle, and warned against another lockdown in Nigeria etc.
Perhaps, the next we will hear from Garba Shehu and Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information is that the government has restored security everywhere and has made the nation an Eldorado. Please, Mr President, drop this Fulani agenda, it will lead Nigeria nowhere, but anarchy and strife. Let Nigeria remains the way the British carved it out until we decide to go our different ways.
Abuja should be safe. It is the nation’s capital. The reports that suspected bandits in several trucks were making their way to Abuja are not encouraging at all. The security agencies which were supposed to screen and arrest any security threat claim they are on top of the situation. In fact, the Commissioner of Police in the FCT few days ago claimed that he has deployed his men to the flashpoints to forestall any eventuality.
The same claim was made by the Army, DSS, NSCDC etc. But why is it that they have not come out clean on the report that General Abdulsalami Abubakar chopper was airlifting food and ammunitions to the bandits in Shiroro? Yes, Gen Abubakar has denied it, but his denial is taken with a pinch of the salt because of his assumed silence of conspiracy on the killings by Fulani herdsmen since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in 2015. Recall that Abdulsalami Abubakar is a former head of State.
When General Sani Abacha died in June 8, 1998, it was Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar that took over as Head of State and handed over to the democratically elected government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who himself retired from the Nigerian Army as a General.
He is Nigeria’s 8th Military Head of State and of Hausa extraction. Could it be that he is part of the purported Fulani agenda or Fulanization of the country? His chopper was linked with the supply of arms/ammunitions and food to the bandits stationing in Shiroro LGA In Niger State.
Abdulsalami Abubakar, as the Chairman of Peace Committee on the 2019 election, should have done something concrete to abate the killings in the Southern Kaduna, Benue and other parts of Nigeria? As former Head of State, does he not have the empiricism to advise Buhari on this ethnic hara-kiri of the Fulani? Encourage him to embark on positive actions aimed at bringing peace and security to this fragile nation.
There are killings and burning of police stations and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices going on around the country, a show of anger by some people. Why not employ dialogue to resolve some issues and drop the current military adventurism? with The nation is becoming lawless, all points to the fact the Command-in-Chief has made up his mind that either Fulani take over Nigeria or no peace reign in the country.
Right now, Fulani ethnic tribe in Nigeria have been handed over the commandership all the vital divisions in the Nigeria military. According to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Fulani have become a blight on Africa and its biggest country Nigeria. Be a true leader by stopping this perceived Fulani hegemony. You should have done something to save Nigeria. But since you failed to be a true Statesman and father of all regions, tribes and ethnic nationalities, you should resign forthwith.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.