A Tale Of How Fulani Herdsmen Became Nigeria’s Most Dangerous Force
A Nigerian based research company, SB Morgen has released an extensive report detailing attacks by Fulani Herdsmen from 1999 till date. The report catalogues how these attacks have grown exponentially between 2011 and 2015. From about 19 attacks between 1997 and 2012 it has now grown to 371 incidents, with the bulk being in the Middle-Belt and North-West. By this time, the attacks had also reached the South-South and the South-East, with a sprinkling in the South-West, particularly in the westernmost parts of Oyo State.
In the early hours of Monday, April 25th, 2016, Fulani Herdsmen attacked the people of Ukpabi-Nimbo, a sleepy village in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu State. Scores of heavily armed Fulani herdsmen executed a ferocious attack on the community, killing dozens and seriously injuring a large number of others. Just a few weeks earlier they attacked the town of Agatu in Benue State causing mahem. These attacks have now firmly thrown the activities of the Fulani Herdsmen into National Spotlight and has attracted outrage from all over the country.
The report claims that the government has failed in its responsibility to stop these attacks over the years allowing it grow to become the single most existential threat to the unity of Nigeria since the civil war. Apart from its effect on the unity of Nigeria, analysts also believe the attacks have cost Nigerian economy about $14 billion.
You can read the entire report