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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 28 January, 2017.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
THE National Chairman of Fulbe (Fulani) Development Association of Nigeria (FULDAN), Malam Ahmad Usman Bello, has declared the Fulani as too good to be beaten by any other ethnic groups in the country.

In what appears to be an assertion of the supremacy of the Fulani ethnic group over all others in the country, he said his ethnic group remained unbeatable and any ethnic group that fights it would be doing so at its own peril.

Bello made the remarks while speaking with Saturday Tribune in Kano on Thursday evening against the background of the national outcry against the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen in Benue, Plateau and Taraba states and many other parts of the country.

“Take it or not, Fulanis have remained unbeatable; no ethnic group can fight us face to face. Any ethnic group that fights us will learn a bitter lesson,” the leader of the apex Fulani association in the country said.

He, however, said it was in the interest of the Fulani, which he described as “the largest ethnic group in Nigeria and, indeed, West Africa,” for all Nigerians to continue to live in peace and unity.

According to him, should a civil war break out in the country, the Fulani would be the biggest losers because they have more people than any other ethnic groups in the country.

“It is in our own interest that the country lives in peace [and for the country] to be united. If anything happens in Nigeria, we are the ones to lose because we have more people than any other ethnic groups. When you have more people, if any war occurred, certainly we Fulanis would have more dead people to record. And we are not beggars as we are equally blessed with wealth,” Bello said.

In an apparent reference to the Benue State people, he stated that if the Fulanis wanted to take other people’s land, they could have done so in the past “when these people did not know how to wear clothes.”

Tracing the origin of the Tiv, Bello said the progenitor of Tivs hailed from Katsina State and had married a Junkun woman who gave birth to those who are today referred to as the Tiv people.

He declared the name of the father of the Fulani as Muhammad Katsina-Alla who, he said, had come to the present-day Benue and married a Junkun woman and fathered the Tiv.

“If one follows the history of all peoples in the world, they migrated from somewhere. Take America for example, the Europeans migrated to America about 500 years ago. Can you then call them white American settlers? The Europeans also migrated to Australia and to South Africa with many years of struggle with the black majority to gain independence from them. Now, supposing they were majority, would you call them settlers?

“I want Nigerians to understand that wherever Fulanis settle, they always mind their business. It is wrong to refer to them as settlers because those who call us Fulani settlers are the ones to be called settlers.

“Igbos claim they descended from Jews but settled in Nigeria. Even Yorubas also claim they came from the Middle East, while Hausa people equally claim to have originated from Abyssinia, the modern Ethiopia,” Bello said.

He claimed that while Yorubas are “asking for a country to be created for them and Igbos are using arms and ammunition to try to secede from Nigeria, Fulanis, in the various places they have dominated for centuries, have never asked to secede from the country.”

He added: “Fulanis have never referred to any group as settlers but instead they have carved out places for non-indigenes to go about their normal businesses without harassment or intimidation.

“Even in Kano, Sabongari was carved out for mostly non-Muslims resident in the state. Those that went for the Second World War, when they came back, in order not to contaminate those indigenes on ground, a place called Brigade was mapped out for them to reside.

“We Fulanis welcome others but, unfortunately, Fulanis, despite being the largest ethnic group in Nigeria, in West Africa as a whole and perhaps even on the continent, we do not discriminate.”

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
GENERAL overseer of Evangelistic Crusade Overcomers Ministry, Pastor Gabriel Ade Ekunjesu, is advocating laws that will checkmate attacks by herdsmen on innocent citizens across the nation.

Ekunjesu, who made this known in a message delivered at the church, blamed the attacks on insincerity and selfishness of Nigerian leaders.

“The leaders are unfaithful to their Creator and untruthful to the citizens, and as such, AK-47-wielding herdsmen may not be tamed as those who make laws also break the laws.

“Anyone found guilty of trespassing or encroaching on people’s farms should be made to face the long arm of the law. Conversely, promulgation of laws will deter marauding headsmen, who are fond of invading/attacking farmers and innocent villagers in their domais,” he stated.

He noted that laws were meant to be kept, obeyed and, as such, cattle herdsmen were not exempted from such laws.

“Cattle rearing is a personal business, and government should not be involved in it at all. Federal and states governments should make laws that will discourage herdsmen from grazing or encroaching on people’s land,” he stated.

Speaking on the protracted fuel scarcity, he urged the Federal Government to “assist petroleum marketers and to also check the activities of the cabal within the ranks. The government should provide jobs in the country, and revisit obnoxious economic policy.

“Christian leaders should preach massages of salvation that will shape the orientation of the youths in their churches in the land to reflect what it is stated in Romans 12:2. The idea of preaching prosperity should be discarded to discourage immorality,” he stated. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has described the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali,  as a round peg in a square hole, who is misinforming President Muhammad  Buhari.

Minister of Defence, Mansul Dan Ali was on Thursday reported having identified the anti-open grazing law of the Benue State government as the immediate cause of killings in Benue State.

He was also quoted to have said, “Communities and other people must learn how to accept foreigners within their enclave.”

Ortom,  who was reacting to these statements on Friday described them as unfortunate and coming from a wrong person in government, who always misinforms the president.

While the governor said that he would not surrender his state to foreigners he, however, asked the minister to go ahead and hand over his own state to foreigners.

He noted that the summary of the minister’s outburst amounted to granting immunity to the herdsmen and their cows in the country.

According to Ortom, “I heard a statement credited to the Minister of Defence saying the killings in Benue was as a result of the anti-open grazing law. I can’t see him saying that kind of thing. If he said so, I would have asked him what he has done when Fulani herdsmen were going about with AK47 rifles.

“I will not surrender my land to foreigners. You can go and do that in your own state. It’s sad that those who are supposed to be assisting the president have instead, turned round to misinform him all for their selfish interests.

“As a state, we are ready to accommodate those who are genuine and who come to our state legally, whether foreigners to do business, but if you are in Benue, you must respect the laws of the land.

“I see the statement as an insult to the collective leadership and sensibility of the people of Nigeria, for a Minister to ask Nigerians to accommodate foreigners who illegally enter the country to cause problems.”

Ortom submitted that all the conflicting statements by officials at the national level were meant to divert the attention of Nigerians from the constant attacks of herdsmen on Nigerians.

“It’s amazing that the Federal Government is playing to the gallery instead of confronting the issue that is capable of consuming the whole country. Let the Federal Government come and show me where I own 6,000 militia. I was the first governor to disarm militia and criminals. How about the herdsmen who are openly displaying weapons? Why have they not arrested them?”

“The other day, they said that those responsible for killings in Benue were ISIS,  all these are diversionary by the government.

“I am now beginning to see that they have given immunity that is the prerogative of the president, vice president,  governors and deputy governors to herdsmen, who kill at will. “Cattle in Nigeria now have more immunity than humans, this is very unfortunate,” he lamented.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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Sun, 28 Jan 2018
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