Ologbo community invasion by cattle nomads- we will encourage our people to seek self-help if… Being an open letter to the Minister for Environment, by the Benin National Congress.
8th November 2014.
Mr. Minister, we are reliably informed that several motions of the National Assembly, the House of Representatives especially have been served on your good self; intimating you of a grave threat to national security – the issue of the reckless invasion of our farm lands, community shrines and ancestral homelands by the ravaging cattle nomads across Edo state, Ologbo specifically, with several human lives and cash crops severely and severally destroyed without any cure or reparation in sight. As a socio-cultural organization with manifest commitment to peace and conflict resolutions in the Niger Delta region, it has become apt and critically expedient to issue a thirty three (33) days ultimatum for unconditional disarmament of the ravaging cattle nomads who are fully armed with arms and ammunitions; total compensation for the owners of the damaged crops and farm lands; as well as relocation of the cattle to grassing fields else, our people will be encouraged to seek self-help if your Ministry continue on the part of complacency and lackadaisical attitude to this life threatening damage to our people; hence this “save-our-soul” message to you, on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR and relevant authorities, to take prompt and decisive action within thirty three days after this publication. ELSE, WE WILL ENCOURAGE OUR YOUTHS AND WOMEN TO RESORT TO SELF HELP INCLUDING STORMING THE SECRETARIAT OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIROMENT IN ABUJA.
Paradoxically, recent history has shown that the Nigerian Government pays premium attention to militant or restive community tendencies; whereas Governments the world over seek ways of nipping crises or conflicts in the bud. One of the ways of nipping a very volatile crisis between Edo people and Hausa-Fulani cattle nomads is to urgently relocate these cattle and their ‘militant commanders’ to grassing fields, while setting up a fact finding panel to examine the extent and costs of damage on our people and farm lands, there after interface with affected farmers to work out a compensational plan. But it is becoming a norm to treat sensitive issues with lackadaisical attention until it attain a crescendo which endangers relative peace in our communities or country. We want it to be on record that the sad reality of devastation of our farm lands in Ologbo communities especially by a deliberate plan of the Hausa/Fulani nomads is an unprovoked attack on the peaceful psyche of Ikpoba-Okha people and Edo people as a whole; and our youths should not be criminalize by the law enforcement agents if they eventually seek to defend themselves in view of the gory site of destruction of our cash crops and rape of our women and ancestral shrines. It is obvious that this sordid infraction on our lands has desecrated the prevailing healthy conditions and spiritual sanctity of our people and our patience is fast waning and wagging.
It is expedient to draw the President’s attention to this development, before the people of Ologbo and Niger Deltans are labeled disgruntled elements or militants because, they are compelled to resort to self-help, in the face of an unprovoked attack by some marauding Hausa/Fulani cattle commanders.
Be mindful of the unspoken anger
Dr. David Ekomwenrenren – Director of Publicity and Intelligence.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR- President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Sen. David Mark- President of the Senate; and all Senators of the Federation
Hon. Aminu Tambuwa- Speaker, House of Reps and all House of Reps Members
The Chief Justice of the Federation
The Oba of Benin and all Traditional Rulers of Niger Delta region
The Inspector General of Police
National Association of Nigeria Students
The Nigerian Bar Association
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