Just for the record although for some strange reason he is not listed here
The other Macauley could only be Judge Donald Macauley (whose mother is nee Hamelberg
The Agatu massacre revisited in this forum
Made this simple enquiry ( have now been through page 1:
On Sunday, 12 February 2017 02:53:53 UTC+1, Cornelius Hamelberg wrote:
"Why can't we roam this open country? (open country)
Oh, why can't we be what we wanna be?
We want to be free. " (Bob Marley : Rebel Music )
Scouring the net Cornelius Ignoramus just found out that there's a difference between Fulani herdsmen and Fulani militants - although it would seem that there's a degree of overlap in these categorisation e.g. every time a herdsman pulls the trigger (for whatever reason) he becomes a militant ...
The cause of the Agatu massacres as a result of ethnic conflict is heart-rending brining into focus as it does, citizenship rights within the greater Federal Republic of Nigeria
- " The resident Fulani had lived in Agatu for many generations and had no other homeland in Nigeria but Agatu. The dispute led to the killing of some prominent leaders of Fulani community in Agatu but the police and the PDP led state government of Gabriel Suswam simply failed to act to resolve the dispute. It was reported that the Sultan of Sokoto visited Benue State three times to mediate peace but his efforts were rebuffed by Governor Suswam and the Senate President, David Mark. My point here is that Agatu crisis is a political one and has nothing to do with herdsmen whether Fulani or not." ( S. Kadiri)
One would have thought that according to the Nigerian Constitution a Nigerian citizen is free to live or settle down anywhere in Nigeria. (In Sierra Leone you ( a citizen can own land anywhere in the Western area - but then again, the Western area was so liberal that Lucien Genet a Frenchman was mayor of Freetown just before independence
I am forever sympathetic to the cause of the settler (in my birth certificate it says distinctly Father : Theodore Joseph Hamelberg : "British West Indian" - and I still remember the incident of my grandfather Louis Hamelberg who had built his house on Fort Street at the highest point in the inner city of Freetown - the land had been leased and when the period of the lease expired the owner of the land requested that he kindly remove his house from the land or else I know not what. They probably settled the matter out of court because that's where my Better Half and I visited him in 1969 - I may be wrong , in which case I will be soon corrected but at that time his tenant was Donald Smythe Macaulay or some other Macauley...
Since Agatu is is Benue state we will probably hear the last word on the matter from Professor Moses Ochonu when he surely gets round to defending his home turf and his own subject area from unnecessary encroachments.
Similar internecine blood-letting in Plateau state a few years ago - a struggle between foundational indigenes and nomadic cum pastoral Fulani settlers...
Taking up citizenship rights in the larger West Africa:
On Saturday, 11 February 2017 22:35:13 UTC+1, ogunlakaiye wrote:
In 2013, Goodluck Ebelechukwu Azikiwe Jonathan was President of Nigeria and the President of the Senate was David Mark from Benue State of which Agatu belongs to his senatorial district. Exactly on the 20th of April 2013, there was dispute between resident Fulani and indigenes of Agatu. The resident Fulani had lived in Agatu for many generations and had no other homeland in Nigeria but Agatu. The dispute led to the killing of some prominent leaders of Fulani community in Agatu but the police and the PDP led state government of Gabriel Suswam simply failed to act to resolve the dispute. It was reported that the Sultan of Sokoto visited Benue State three times to mediate peace but his efforts were rebuffed by Governor Suswam and the Senate President, David Mark. My point here is that Agatu crisis is a political one and has nothing to do with herdsmen whether Fulani or not. The onus is, therefore, on you to provide me with evidence where Fulani herdsmen publicly admitted massacres in Agatu or where Fulani herdsmen are caught in camera, in this age of mobile phone equipped camera, massacring people, burning houses, destroying farms and raping women.
Concerning grazing ground, it is absurd that Fulani herdsmen should be allowed to roam around the country in search of grazing ground to feed and breed their cattle. It is a good example of how bad we are in organising anything in Nigeria. If people like you succeed in humiliating Fulani herdsmen out of existence in Nigeria, when next you celebrate your birth day, your guests shall be served plastic beefs and phlegm as vanilla ice cream. Please, never complain then as you now do with plastic rice.
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Ämne: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - The Dangerous Criminalization of Fulani EthnicityKadiri,
In the face of Fulani herdsmen's publicly stated justification of such massacres as at Agatu,are your frenzied efforts at creating a version of truth from another dimension not outdated?
Even the govt on whose behalf you so desperately try to distort reality has never denied these atrocities as committed by Fulani herdsmen but tries to use one measure after another that rapes the collective wealth of the Nigerian people as its own way of helping the murderers further their aims- the failed grazing routes bill, the failed effort to allocate land across the nation to the terrorists in the name of grazing ranches and the latest being the ridiculous effort to use the Nigerian army as cattle herders.
It is time to withdraw from the inhumane positions you tend to assume in support of a failing govt.
On 10 February 2017 at 22:36, Salimonu Kadiri <ogunl...@hotmail.com> wrote:
Cornelius Hamelberg wrote : In these links, the allegations against Fulani Herdsmen are very serious. He who feels it knows.
I have spent the whole night to peruse the entire links and I am disappointed to observe that you have read the title of the links and not their contents. Otherwise, you would have discovered that there was no single evidence in the texts to support any of the title in the links. In order to avoid repetition, I will only discuss some of your links.
2017/02/fulani-herdsmen- destroy-farms-rape-our-wives/ the newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, was quoted as having said among other things, "The peaceful co-existence between previously peace-loving Fulani herdsmen, who herded their cattle with long canes and our local farmers has been replaced by an era of AK-47 totting and rampaging herdsmen who kill, maim, rape our people and destroy our farms." This statement was made on February 6, 2017. I checked throughout the whole statements of Chief Nnia Nwodo to find out when and where did AK-47 totting and rampaging herdsmen kill, maim, rape our (Igbo) people and destroy our (Igbo) farms, but could not find any. I noticed that in the Vanguard headline, the Ohaneze's statement of, rape our people was substituted with rape our wives. The newly appointed Pesident-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, needed to say something to live up to the reputation of the defender of Igbo people's interest and he found it convenient to scape-goat Fulani herdsmen. However, he never said, rape our wives or women as you preferred to write.
In its editorial, http://punchng.com/
treating-violent-fulani-, the following, among others, was written, "In their latest atrocity, hundreds of cattle herders descended on Ukpabi Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State last week, leaving a bloody trail. In all, the herdsmen killed 46 people, injuring several others. They burnt down houses and vehicles in the village. Writing on the same event we find in http://africansuntimes.com/ herdsmen-as-terrorists 2016/05/fulani-herdsmen-the-, the following: The Fulani herdsmen attacked at 6.00am just after morning prayers in Nimbo, an idyllic village in southeast Nigeria where farmers grow yams and pawpaws. 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. 'We started hearing the sound of gunshots everywhere. They shot so many people,' Kingsley Oneyebuchie, a 31 year-old civil servant, told AFP. At least, 10 people are thought to have been killed and scores of others injured." The big credibility questions, if we compare Punch Nigeria and African Sun Times narrations of what happened in Nimbo village, are : Did hundreds of cattle herders attack Nimbo village or were they twenty?; Did the herdsmen kill 46 people or at least 10?; how could the attackers be identified as herdsmen when they were not accompanied by their cows/cattle?; and what of if the attackers were ordinary criminals who were there to harvest the crops of the villagers? fourth-most-deadliest- terrorist-group-in-the-world
As Chief Nnia Nwodo observed, Fulani herdsmen no longer carry long canes to lead their herds but AK-47 rifles to ward off machineguns armed cattle rustlers which did not exist before. If plunderers of our national treasury can build high fences around their mansions and employ armed guards to protect them against robbers and kidnappers, why should it be wrong for a toiling Fulani herdsman to protect himself and his cattle with a machine gun against armed cattle thieves? Ironically, in one of the links forwarded by Cornelius, http://www.authorityngr.com/
2016/03/the-rise-of-fulani- militants-as-world-4th-terror (3rd March 2016) the article was accompanied with a photograph of a herdsman hanging an AK-47 rifle on his shoulder in front of his herds in the bush. The pipe of the rifle pointed backward and not to the front which indicated that he was not expecting combat with anybody, human or mammal. Psychologically, readers are wrongly impressed to believe that the rifle carrying herdsman is a terrorist or a Fulani militant, of which none is correct. Further in the link, http:// www.easternradio.com.ng/2016/ 01/opinion-fulani-herdsmen-, photographs of two herdsmen grazing their cows in the bush, not in a farmland, were displayed without any weapon in sight. What was it that qualified the two Fulani herdsmen in the picture as terrorists? http://www.independent.co.uk/ named-fourth-deadliest-terror- group-in-the-world news/world/africa/glcaccompanied its headline: Nigerian Fulani militants named as 4th deadliest terror group in the world with the picture of militarily clothed armed men in a military truck. None of the persons in the truck was identified as a Fulani herdsman and I strongly suspect that the pictured vehicle and persons therein were from Islamic militia invasion of Mali during the crisis there. Citing Global Terror Index, www.independent.co.uk. wrote: The fourth deadliest known terrorist group has been named as the Fulani militant group operating in Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic.
In 2013, the Fulani killed around 80 people in total - but by 2014 the group had killed 1, 229.
Operating mainly in the middle belt of Nigeria, opposed to the North which is dominated by Boko Haram, the group recorded 847 deaths last year across five states and has also been known to stage attacks in Central African Republic. As much as 92 per cent of their attacks target private citizens reflecting the group's primary concern over the ownership of farmland.
For non-Nigerians, it is worthy to know that middle belt used to be part of Northern Region of Nigeria and in the present six geo-political zone, middle belt is contained in the North Central Zone. In fact, North as a whole has never at anytime been dominated by Boko Haram even though it was somehow strong in the Northeast until recently. And what is this Global Terrorism Index that has arrogated to itself the right to name Fulani herdsmen terrorists? The GTI is a derivative of the Institute For Economics And Peace based in Sydney, Australia. There is nothing wrong in trying to find relations/connections between economic injustice/justice, peace and wars globally. It is self-explanatory that where there is economic injustice, there can be no peace. However, the Institute For Economics and Peace would appear to be concerned mostly with the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism for which it has created Global Terrorism Database (GTD). The greatest terrorists on earth, as far as Africa is concerned, are those who help to keep/hide developmental funds stolen from Africa. On 13 November 2007, Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) spoke at a three-day national seminar organised in Abuja by Nuhu Ribabu's led EFCC. He told his audience that between 1960 when Nigeria became independent and 1999 when democracy was restored, a staggering sum of $400 billion was stolen and stashed away in foreign countries by a generation of corrupt Nigerian rulers. He explained, "If you were to put $400 billion bills in a row, you would make a path from here to the moon and back, not once but, 75 times. Think of how different Nigeria would have looked today (if that money had been used to develop the country)," Maria Costa lamented. Since 2015, Nigerians have been informed that between 1999 and 2015, not less than 600 billion dollars have been stolen and stashed away in those countries that usually describe us as underdeveloped and poor. As a result of economic terrorism aided and abated by the developed countries that keep developmental funds stolen from Nigeria, Nigerians are dying in thousands daily because of lack of standard hospitals, bad roads, lack of potable water and many other things that would make life comfortable to live. In this 21st century and with the quality of education claimed by our officials, no Nigerian, whether Fulani or not should engage in nomadic animal husbandry. Without Fulani herdsmen, perhaps, Nigeria would have been a market for the export of Australian beef as if it is not disgraceful enough to be the Chairman of Fuel Importing Countries despite the fact that we are Crude Oil Exporter.
We should be honest and truthful all the time in our dealings with one another. The links posted by Cornelius are not based on truth or facts, rather they are based on prejudice and lies against Fulani herdsmen. On October 1, 2010, there was a bomb blast in Abuja near the Eagle Square. President Jonathan rushed later to the Press to tell the world that the bomb blast that killed eight people was handiwork of Northerners that did not want him to contest for the 2011 Presidential election on the platform of PDP. At the end, it turned out that the car bomb was detonated by MEND and Okah brothers from Rivers State were behind the dastardly act. While Okah senior was jailed for the crime in South Africa his junior brother's trial is yet to be concluded in Nigeria till today. However, in South Africa, Okah swore to an affidavit that the car bomb was planned in connivance with Jonathan who had wanted to use it to blackmail Northerners who were opposed to his PDP Presidential candidature in 2011. That is why we should be very careful not to blame Fulani herdsmen when criminals exploit darkness of the night to harvest the crops of the farmers in Nimbo.
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In these links, the allegations against Fulani Herdsmen are very serious and many.
He who feels it knows.
By what sleight of hand/ feats of propaganda and false media reports have Fulani Herdsmen been labelled not only a terrorist organisation but as the fourth most deadliest terrorist group in the world ! How does one set about dismantling/dispelling the statistical evidence on which such an assessment is arrived at ?
May I suggest that the idyllic Nigeria of peaceful, law-abiding, pastoral Fulani herdsmen that you once knew has changed dramatically and that's one of the reasons why just a few years ago there were no complaints about Fulani Herdsmen, not even from Pastor Lucifer and his disciples.
The other reason could be that the herdsmen are associated with the North which is identifiable as mostly Muslim and therefore the accusations against them, undoubtedly part of the general pattern of the growing Islamophobia in Nigeria directed against the herdsmen who their enemies want to typify as being murderous representatives of Islam.
The syllogism that Prof Kperogi and all truth sayers must vehemently dement:
"All Fulani Herdsmen are wanton murderers
Ogbeni B is a Fulani Herdsman
Therefore Ogbeni B is a wanton murderer."
As bad as the blood libel when Toyin Adepoju accuses me of being one of those who repose in mere indignation at "those who chose to wash their mouths with the blood of other human beings " as if I like blood, or eat blood or drink it as sacrificial wine...
Various postings on this forum have explained why certain miscreants are appealing to the one that they believe is the great Islamophobic president of the United States to rally to their cause and are delighted with the solemn promise made in his first inaugural address, to "unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth". This of course is music to the ears of Apostle Satani.
To me these injunctions are quite clear :
# Not to love the missionary--Deuteronomy 13:9
# Not to cease hating the missionary--Deuteronomy 13:9
# Not to save the missionary--Deuteronomy 13:9
# Not to say anything in his defence--Deuteronomy 13:9
# Not to refrain from incriminating him--Deuteronomy 13:9
According to the TV meteorologist it's going to be eight degrees below zero in Stockholm, today, the 9th of February 2017. So you see, we are getting our punishment already, so that we don't have to fear ever going to join Pastor Lucifer inside or near the hell-fire…
On Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:01:11 UTC+1, ogunlakaiye wrote:
Dear Dr, Rosemary Danesi (PhD Law, Essex) BSc. LLB, LLM (MCIPM, MNIM), Fulbright Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, Lecturer, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria, Legal/Labour Relations Consultant!!!
Although I am not an admirer of Dr. Farooq Kperogi, his admonition against criminalisation of Fulani herdsmen should be of interest to anyone who desires justice at all levels of life in Nigeria. I assume that, even from your pedestal of academic degrees, you know not only how Fulani herdsmen look like but that you are also acquainted with their working conditions. With that assumption, may I know if you have personally witnessed Fulani Herdsmen wreaking havoc on farmlands and killing innocent people? If not, why are you so categorical in your statement and your subsequent question?
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Ämne: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - The Dangerous Criminalization of Fulani EthnicityDr Farook can you tell us why nothing has been done to the Fulani Herdsmen who have wreaked havoc on farmlands and killed so many innocent people. Why has there been no arrest of these criminals and murderers?
Dr. Rosemary Danesi (PhD Law, Essex) BSc. MSc. LLB. BL LLM. (MCIPM, MNIM)
Fulbright Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States,
Lecturer, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria
Legal/Labour Relations Consultant
Mobile Phone: 08100534915 & 08185825232
'Do unto others as you wish them do unto you'
On Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:40 AM, Farooq A. Kperogi <farooq...@gmail.com> wrote:
My column in today's Daily Trust on Saturday:
By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.Twitter:@farooqkperogi
The Nigerian mass media—and the online echo chambers they have spawned on social media and elsewhere—have normalized the pathologization and criminalization of the Fulani ethnic identity through their popularization of the odious "Fulani herdsmen" collocation. Criminalizing and pathologizing an entire ethnic identity is often the precursor to genocide.
<div style="margin:0px;text-align:That's why an ignorant and hate-filled preacher by the name of Apostle Johnson Suleiman could glibly tell his church members to extra-judicially murder "Fulani herdsmen." "And I told my people, any Fulani herdsman you see around you, kill him," he said in a widely circulated video. "I have told them in the church here that any Fulani herdsman that just entered by mistake, kill him, kill him! Cut his head!"
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