According to a Human Rights Watch report of December 2013 violence between Fulani herdsmen, farmers and local communities had killed 3,000 people since 2010.
Fulani herders and farmers are in constant violent conflict over herdsmen’s increased need for access to grazing lands against the expansion of farmland by farmers into corridors traditionally used by the Fulani.
Farmers accuse the Fulani herders of allowing their animals to feed on still-growing crops and contamination of community watering-places.
The Fulani herders in turn accuse the farmers of denying them access to grazing areas when alternatives cannot be found.
The International Terror Index has listed the Fulani militia in Nigeria as the “fourth most deadly terror organization in the world”; and the DSS has said absolutely nothing about these.
Anyone can readily do the research and see how much an AK 47 rifle costs in financial terms.
Havocscope, a global black market information site puts the average cost of AK 47 rifles worldwide at $534 per gun.
Other unconfirmed sources put the cost of rounds at between $3 and $5 for a box of 20.
The question then becomes, “how do these mostly indigent nomads afford to buy and use these weapons?”
Anyone that has even a superficial knowledge of the Fulani will know that it is customary for their elite to own heads of cattle.
Between the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano, the President of Nigeria and all the other members of the Hausa-Fulani elite across Nigeria, there is the ownership of multiplied hundreds of thousands of cattle.
These cattle are not ranched and so are given to Fulani nomads to lead about.
Following the rapid desertification of the core north of Nigeria, many of these nomads are heading south with their cattle in search of grazing fields…which are fast becoming killing fields.
Nigeria is a country that is currently a melting pot of a very dangerous brew of things.
With the current unemployment situation, the acute fuel scarcity, hunger, desperation, epileptic power supply, corruption, exploitation of ethno-centric and religious leanings, mass illiteracy, inept and arrogant political class/ leaders bereft of both ability and vision, their crass impunity, and culture of mediocrity, the flagrant disregard of due process and court orders, and the continuous violation of the constitutionally backed secularity of state we already have a very full plate.
To now add a divisive and sectional security apparatus intent on further stoking well lit fires will lead to a conflagration.
The questions at this juncture would now be, “Is this what they want, or are they obtuse to the point of not realizing what is bleeding obvious?”