Read How Fulani Herdsmen Attacked This Man In Nsukka And Cut His Head

Date: 17-05-2016 1:19 pm (6 years ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
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The Fulani herdsmen attacked at 6:00 am, just after morning prayers in Nimbo, an idyllic village in southeast Nigeria where farmers grow yams and pawpaws. Kingsley Oneyebuchie sits in a Nsukka hospital room on May 5, 2016, after surviving a Fulani herdsmen machete attack in Nsukka, southeast Nigeria. Over the past year Biafran independence protests have erupted across Nigeria’s south-east where many protesters where injured or killed during clashes with the Nigerian Police and army.

At first the villagers thought it was a joke. The nomadic cattle rearers, who have clashed with farmers over grazing rights in central Nigeria for decades, had never come this far south. But then they saw 20 young men descend from the hills and emerge from the palm tree forest, shooting AK-47 assault rifles in the air and waving machetes.

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“We started hearing the sound of gunshots everywhere. They shot so many people,” Kingsley Oneyebuchie, a 31-year-old civil servant, told AFP. “They shot one of my brothers, they used a knife on my dad, they killed so many,”
  he said from his hospital bed in the nearby town of Nsukka, bare-chested and wearing only red athletic shorts.

Oneyebuchie ran his fingers tentatively over a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) track of blue surgical stitches at the base of his scalp.
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“They used machete on me. After using machete on me, they thought that I died,”
he said.

 Oneyebuchie was lucky to survive the attack on April 25. At least 10 people are thought to have been killed and scores of others injured.

In the past year, raids by Fulani herdsmen have increased in the southeast. The worst happened some 200 kilometres (125 miles) away in Agatu, Benue state, in late February, where hundreds of people most of them Christian farmers  were reportedly killed.

The bloodshed mirrors that after Nigeria gained independence in 1960, when Igbos dominant in the mainly Christian southeast, were pitted against Hausa and Fulani in the largely Muslim north.

Kingsley Oneyebuchie stands in a hospital room on May 5, 2016, after surviving a Fulani herdsmen machete attack in Nsukka, southeast Nigeria. Ongoing clashes between nomadic Fulani herdsmen and farming communities in Nigeria’s middle belt and southeast states have accounted for the death and displacement of many people. The ethnic violence led to two military coups, hundreds of deaths  and ultimately a civil war, when the southeast broke away and declared an independent Republic of Biafra in 1967. Some one million Igbos died either fighting for the fledgling nation or from starvation and disease in a brutal conflict that by its end in 1970 left the southeast broken.

 Now, stricken villagers maintain the only solution to the Fulani attacks and perceived northern domination of political posts from the president downwards is an independent state.
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“We need to know that this is Igbo and this is Fulani,”
said Oneyebuchie.
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“We want them to leave our place so that we will be free.”
– According to the Global Terrorism Index 2015 report, “Fulani militants” killed 1,229 people in 2014 — up from 63 in 2013 — making them the
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“fourth most deadly terrorist group”
in the world. Most deaths happened in Nigeria’s religiously mixed so-called Middle Belt states. But the apparent migration south into Igbo territory is being used by an increasingly hardline pro-Biafra movement as an indication the Nigerian government doesn’t serve or protect the region and is stoking discontent in the southeast. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, a northern Hausa-Fulani who opposes the pro-Biafran movement, took until late April to speak out about the herdsmen, saying he had ordered military and police to “take all necessary action to stop the carnage”.

He has proposed setting up a grazing plan that includes the establishment of cattle ranches and importing grass feed from Brazil. Critics argue his response is too little, too late and overly ambitious.
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“I have yet to hear this government articulate a firm policy of non-tolerance for the serial massacres,”
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka said recently, describing the ranch plan as “optimistic”.

And elderly woman stands outside her house on May 5, 2016 in Nimbo, southeastern Nigeria, where nomadic Fulani herdsman attacked the village. Ongoing clashes between nomadic Fulani herdsmen and farming communities in Nigeria’s middle belt and southeast states have accounted for the death and displacement of many people.

 The arrest and detention of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu last year catapulted him and his more hardliner pressure group into the mainstream.
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“Buhari has authorised a second genocide on Biafra,” IPOB, which has been campaigning for Kanu’s release through public protests, said about the herdsmen. “Biafrans are on the verge of being exterminated,”
it added. In Nimbo, the farmers use less emotive language but their underlying message is the same.

Today the village is deserted, with shiny new padlocks fastened on the wood doors of mud-brick houses and hectares of cassava and melon crops abandoned until safer times.
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“We have been complaining to government, complaining to everyone, no help,” said Thaddeus Okenwa, a 65-year-old cassava farmer with a raspy voice and muscular hands. “We are now just managing because nothing goes normal. If they can give us our own independence, let’s go. “We don’t pray for war now, but this (the Fulani issue) can cause it because you can’t be a stranger in your home.”


Posted: at 17-05-2016 01:19 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
- Eazyatumeyi at 17-05-2016 01:31 PM (6 years ago)
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This foooolani matter don tire me
Posted: at 17-05-2016 01:31 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- morgan1 at 17-05-2016 01:32 PM (6 years ago)
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 Shocked
Posted: at 17-05-2016 01:32 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- gogoman at 17-05-2016 01:37 PM (6 years ago)
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omoh see mark!!
Posted: at 17-05-2016 01:37 PM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- omoboriowo96 at 17-05-2016 01:38 PM (6 years ago)
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God have mercy
Posted: at 17-05-2016 01:38 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- uduehi at 17-05-2016 01:49 PM (6 years ago)
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Give them biafra cow buhari since fulani and hausa don't like igbos so let them go with peace
Posted: at 17-05-2016 01:49 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- woleifeayo at 17-05-2016 02:40 PM (6 years ago)
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 :'(door open 4 good

Posted: at 17-05-2016 02:40 PM (6 years ago) | Newbie
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- botlex at 17-05-2016 02:50 PM (6 years ago)
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Fulani guys again. These their attacks is getting out of hand
Posted: at 17-05-2016 02:50 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- CHRISETTE at 17-05-2016 03:17 PM (6 years ago)
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Fulani herdsmen everywhere thinking they are untouchable
Posted: at 17-05-2016 03:17 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- Sulaimank at 17-05-2016 03:26 PM (6 years ago)
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this still surprised me. I have Fulani in niger state ,and we look friendly. this is very sad news. sorry man.
Posted: at 17-05-2016 03:26 PM (6 years ago) | Newbie
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- CHRISETTE at 17-05-2016 03:45 PM (6 years ago)
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Sulaimank what part of Niger state? Even in Niger state they have been some fulani herdmen killing about especially security force
Posted: at 17-05-2016 03:45 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- kabukabu at 17-05-2016 04:01 PM (6 years ago)
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These fulani people, are they really human beings? My humble question
Posted: at 17-05-2016 04:01 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- beneno at 17-05-2016 05:25 PM (6 years ago)
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Nawa o,thank God for ur life  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 17-05-2016 05:25 PM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- raynebee at 17-05-2016 06:51 PM (6 years ago)
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this is serious                                                             
Posted: at 17-05-2016 06:51 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- Novic at 17-05-2016 07:55 PM (6 years ago)
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Why all this animals fulani they do like this self, human life dont have any meaning to them at all... i knw buhari they alive they hear wetin him people they do so.
Posted: at 17-05-2016 07:55 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- Oworen25 at 17-05-2016 10:08 PM (6 years ago)
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Wettin them dey fell like now
Posted: at 17-05-2016 10:08 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- BournIdentity at 17-05-2016 11:21 PM (6 years ago)
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Nark me tori,,,, nobsmalltin at all
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- BournIdentity at 17-05-2016 11:21 PM (6 years ago)
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Nark me tori,,,, nobsmalltin at all
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- dickieponga at 17-05-2016 11:26 PM (6 years ago)
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Una dey call Buhari all d time why can't u cowards fight back ehh..?
Posted: at 17-05-2016 11:26 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- yawa_don_gas at 17-05-2016 11:34 PM (6 years ago)
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This kind yawa no good
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