As one of the foremost Benin intelligentsia, we have received oral complaints, and consequent upon same, we caused our relevant committee to investigate allegations of mass camping of Fulani youths in our rural communities; our findings portrayed a picture of desperate ‘settlers’ who have been recruited for unclear devious objectives.
23rd April, 2017.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki,
Executive Governor of Edo State,
Osadebey Avenue, Benin City.
THE MARAUDING ACTIVITIES OF FULANI HERDSMEN AND THEIR PRECARIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY OF THE BENINS: AN APPEAL FOR YOUR INTERVENTION.
As one of the foremost Benin intelligentsia, we have received oral complaints, and consequent upon same, we caused our relevant committee to investigate allegations of mass camping of Fulani youths in our rural communities; our findings portrayed a picture of desperate ‘settlers’ who have been recruited for unclear devious objectives. It is no news in Nigeria that a bulk of kidnappings are perpetrated by these stern looking Fulanis, and their massive assembly around our farming and fishing communities have forced our young women , old women and old men out of our villages to flee, judging by the rising cases of rape, brutality and the untouchable toga they carry on based on the seeming protection they get from law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Governor, you will appreciate that most visitors and settlers in Benin Kingdom have been paying our hospitality with hates and other stereotypical tendencies of ungratefulness, and the need to seek your intervention urgently cannot be overemphasized as our youths are at the verge of seeking self help with unpleasant repercussions.
The Benin National Congress and our esteemed people will not take responsibility for self defense if the rapacious tendencies of these herdsmen are not effectively checkmated urgently. Is it Siluko, Egor, or Ehor, Abudu, or Ologbo, the rights to freedom of movement and agriculture of our people are daily trampled upon as they are either kidnapped or raped or assaulted by these herdsmen; in most cases lives are lost and ransoms are paid in millions of hard earned monies.
As a group committed to the promotion, protection and projection of the core values of hospitality, culture and industry, it has become incumbent on us to sound it to your knowledge that the elasticity of ‘suffering and smiling’ condition of our people is fast degenerating into self defense if adequate security is not provided; and a strong message passed across to the leaders of these marauders who are allegedly Cattle dealers around Aduwawa community within the next three weeks, we might be forced to advise our people to help themselves.
Be rest assured of our solidarity for your numerous developmental perspectives including but not limited to the Gelegele seaport and power plant projects; as we are sure that hundreds of thousands of our people with be liberated from the scorge of joblessness after commissioning. We look forward to a meeting or reply from you as soon as possible, Mr. Governor.
Please, accept the assurances of our undiluted regards.
Mr. Raymond Evbuomwan
Director of Correspondence.