There Is A Big Conspiracy Going On With Boko Haram By Peregrino Brimah

While the Federal government of Nigeria has repeatedly announced that Boko Haram no longer holds on to any territory in Nigeria, the commander of the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), David Rodriguez in March this year challenged that claim. Boko Haram “does own some significant territory in northern Nigeria,” Rodriguez told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington.

In January of this year President Muhamamdu Buhari had said to the UN Sec. Gen. at a summit in Abu Dhabi, that Boko Haram was “currently not holding any territory.”

Evidently from the latest video released by the group, there are still at least a couple of thousand members of Boko Haram able to freely assemble in Nigeria.

The latest 12 minute video claims to show two separate locations where the Eid prayers were being held. One was in a rather large and well built above ground Mosque and the other appeared to be in the same prayer ground where the Eid prayers were conducted in another similar video released last year.

Not Hiding

In the videos the alleged terrorist group members did not cover their faces as they were not trying to hide their identities. This clearly means that these large numbers in the thousands live in their own Boko Haram towns and villages and not incognito within regular communities.

It is impossible for such numbers of people to live undercover or underground. The numbers seen in the latest video must occupy decent land.

On estimate, the minimum area of arable land to support one person in most congested conditions is 0.07 of a hectare, that’s 7 hectares per thousand people. And for at least 5000 in the video which did not show the female and children populations which could blow up the numbers to double or quadruple those seen in the video, we would have at least 35 to 140 hectares of Boko Haram occupied territory. That’s about 35 to 140 football pitches, minimum but expected to be much more. The Nigerian military has deliberately blocked and censored most information coming out of the northeast, so accurate details are impossible to determine.

Well Fed

Another thing that could be observed from the video was the relatively well-fed appearance of the community. Unlike Nigerians currently in camps for the internally displaced, IDPs, who are suffering and dying from severe malnutrition, the terrorists appeared well fed, well dressed and of good wellbeing. This would mean that they are occupying villages where they have lots of arable land where they cultivate their crops and they also command large numbers of livestock for dietary protein and thus have access to natural water sources where the livestock are hydrated.

Boko Haram appear to be living large in our farming villages while the decent villagers are cramped up and dying in their dozens daily in congested camps with sparse food, water and poor sanitation.

Occupying Villages

When the news broke earlier this month that the “Shekau” faction of Boko Haram and the Barnawi one were fighting each other, it was immediately apparent that they both were quite comfortable and occupied sufficient territorial habitation.

A certain Mele Kaka had told AFP as reported in the Vanguard that the villages of Yele, Arafa and Zuwa village in nearby Marte district were all occupied by loyalists of Shekau. The report did not list the villages occupied by the Barnawi sect.

From the above, we can safely draw the following conclusions:

It is evident that Borno’s farming villages are still occupied by Boko Haram.

Terrorists are feeding fat on the rich farmlands of Borno while IDPs die of starvation in camps.

It appears the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Yusuf Buratai is either auspiciously clueless of the reality that several farming villages are occupied by thousands of Boko Haram terrorists, or he is being willingly oblivious of this fact and is lying to President Muhammadu Buhari that there is no territory under Boko Haram control.

It can be concluded that the war against Boko Haram is far from over and is in a controlled lull at best at the moment.

Is There An Accord Between Buratai and Boko Haram?

We had this same problem under Jonathan claiming he did not know where Boko Haram was, which made us then publish the articles,”National Security Update: Details Of The Sambisa Camps Holding Our 200 Abducted Daughters” and later, “Cities In Sambisa And Myths Of Booby-traps.” Boko Haram has never been inconspicuous and still isn’t. Our Civilian-JTF always locate them when the army claims they can’t.

It would be highly impossible for the numbers seen in the video to exist without some sort of relationship with the army. The Nigerian army led by a Borno indigene, knows where they are and has decided not to massacre them as it does to others groups of individuals across Nigeria from Zaria to the south east and south south.

If as is evident, the terrorists occupy these villages and the Nigerian army is not doing anything about it, what is the mutual arrangement between Buratai and the villages of Boko Haram and why is there such a private accord?

Is it only terrorists who step out of the areas where the Nigerian army may have agreed that the communities of Boko Haram should restrict themselves to that the army kills once in a while? We do know that in Boko Haram’s heyday, there were no fewer than 30,000 members. The military has never produced evidence of killing or capturing more than a few thousand. The latest video substantiates this analyst calculation.

While it is unreasonable and would be totally inappropriate to expect the Nigerian army to wipeout the entire thousands of terrorists who still maintain their own state within the Nigerian state, the citizens of Nigeria deserve to know the true predicament and be a part of determining a final solution to the crisis.

Implications As Boko Haram Threatens The President of Nigeria

How do we deal with thousands of Boko Haram terrorists and inadvertent recruits, members and abductees residing in whole villages in the northeast?

There must be an open concrete plan to arrest all these members and charge and capitally punish all guilty of murder or rape, and sentence other members while punishing and/or rehabilitating as courts decide, those who have not been involved in criminality. Any arrangement with Boko Haram that allows their coexistence within the Nigerian space is unconstitutional and a violation of Nigeria’s sovereignty and security. More so as Boko Haram is a most existential threat considering the fact that in their latest video they have gone as far as issuing a direct threat at the President of the Federal republic of Nigeria.

The Nigerian military does not have the authority to create a community-amnesty arrangement with these wanted terrorists who have killed tens of thousands of Nigerians, displaced millions and destroyed farmlands and the economy, thereby causing untold hardship and deaths to locals and Nigerians at large.

It is necessary the Nigerian army comes clean to the Presidency and Nigerians at large. We must as a nation decide how best to deal with the remnant threat of Boko Haram. We applaud our soldiers who have stayed steadfast and continued to make the ultimate sacrifice, combatting Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast. We understand that the military is stretched thin and to capacity and thus we continue to offer our services as volunteer forces willing, able and ready to join the Nigerian army combat and capture these thousands of terrorists. The Civilian-JTF which consists/consisted of tens of thousands of able youth, ex-soldiers, hunters and other Nigerians have shown their commitment and offered their patriotic assistance to join the Nigerian military in this battle. It is time this offer is seriously considered. Boko Haram has resurged too many times in Nigeria’s history for an incomplete mission to be in any way acceptable. The defeat of this menace must be total and complete.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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How Yar’Adua Tackled Recession, Terrorism And The Legacy He Left Nigeria By Peregrino Brimah

I seek indulgement to type this piece in defense of late President Umaru Yar’Adua who has been inadvertently included in a list of PDP Presidents who “left Nigeria no legacy,” according to a public statement attributed to the current President Muhammadu Buhari.

While President Yar’Adua is obviously not here to defend himself, providence demands some of us stand in his stead. I do not believe that President Muhammadu Buhari intended to include Yar’Adua in the list of PDP Presidents who failed Nigeria over the 16 years, however being that Yar’Adua’s name was included in headlines across the dailies, it is important to attempt to properly present his legacy.

Yar’Adua ranks among Nigeria’s top two Presidents of all time. By most metrics, two Presidents who had truncated terms were the best by far: late Yar’Adua and late Murtala Muhammad are these two. While President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term also ranked high, perhaps the third best, his current term is filled with mixed results and cannot yet be judged to be in the top category according to my humble opinion. The bottom of the list is occupied by the likes of Obasanjo, Jonathan, Abacha and Babangida, noted for looting the nation’s treasury silly and enjoying immunity and even being defended of “having never stolen” by eminent persons.

I will attempt to do summarily justice to this topic in several sections. I will utilize swaths from my February 2014 article on the great legacy of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as I compare to what we have currently:

Yar’Adua: the Only President To Openly Fully Declare His Assets

Late Yar’Adua was the first democratic President to fully and publicly declare his assets and remains the only Nigerian President to do so till date. While President Muhammadu Buhari published a summary three sentence brief of his assets, a full public declaration of these is yet to be made. The effect of Yar’Adua’s public asset declaration on trust, transparency and good governance to Nigeria is a legacy he left of untold value that is yet to be rivaled.

Late Yar’Adua’s Legacy on Terror: Boko Haram And MEND

President Yar’Adua had been handed two catastrophic problems by the predecessor Obasanjo government. Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND was wrecking havoc in the Southern creeks and Boko Haram had similarly evolved in the north east. Under the Obasanjo regime, Nigeria’s national security boss, NSA Aliyu Gusau, a Babangida autocratic-regime henchman and the man behind most of Nigeria’s sad history of military coups and continuous insecurity as recurrent security chief, had failed to abate the problems in the north and south. According to reports, Gusau had actually told president Obasanjo when he asked about Boko Haram, then called, ‘Nigerian Taliban,’ that ‘no such group existed,’ despite attacks by the group.

-MEND

Faced with these unique, entrenched challenges, Yar’Adua selected a National Security Adviser, Major Gen. Sarki Mukhtar – remembered for opposing Abacha on coup plotter treatment in the 90s– who had the commitment and wherewithal to intelligently and appropriately combat the two terror problems.

The Yar’Adua administration with NSA Mukhtar immediately approached the MEND crises with an understanding of the pressing situation.

Through a combination of force and payoffs, President Yar’Adua persuaded all major militant leaders in October of 2010 to renounce violence and surrender their arms in exchange for amnesty, government subsidies, training opportunities, and promises of more money and development of the region. [Ref: Cables]

The Amnesty placated the agitating youth who had reduced Nigeria’s oil output by almost half, more than the current loses by the Niger Delta Avengers and related groups today, and Nigeria invested billions in training and rehabilitating these youth. Peace that eluded Obasanjo was fully restored to the creeks.

-Boko Haram

Faced with a different terror uprising in the north, Yar’Adua with his apt NSA Mukhtar swung into action, again properly considering the dynamics of the northern question. Poverty is predominant in Nigeria’s north, however poverty and/or misguided fanaticism is no excuse for terrorism and murder of innocent civilians and security officers. The nation’s security men were sent to sack the Boko Haram camps in a swift and efficient operation. In one of the few times in recent global history, the terror mastermind, Mohammed Yusuf himself was caught and killed as ‘he attempted to escape.’ Over 700 mostly Boko Haram terrorists were massacred in the operation of July 2009. But Yar’Adua did not stop there. He drew-up a comprehensive deradicalization plan that promised to monitor and prevent radical groups from resurging across Nigeria’s north and also to address the complex societal dynamics that breed terror.

Having established calm and restored security to Nigeria, late Yar’Adua continued with managing other pressing crises he had inherited from the previous administration.

What Obasanjo Left

Yar’Adua’s predecessor, President Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ rode the oil price waves. OBJ’s regime was not particularly economically unique. It more accurately put, was lucky to be in favorable times and the economic growth was concordant with catapulting global oil prices. Oil prices were $16 in 1999 at the start of his tenure and rose rapidly to double that, $35 in September 2000. By August 2005, oil sold at $65 and by October 2007, oil prices were $90/barrel. Obasanjo rode these prices in an ‘oil cruise.

An important hallmark of the predecessor administration was tits corrupt privatization agenda. Obasanjo built Nigeria’s corruption infrastructure. Obasanjo raised his friends and sponsors of his party (PDP) to gods, handing them chunks of the country across all economic sectors, including things as little as the “.ng” domain which at $100/year is the most costly in the world today. The likes of Dangote and Otedola were handed chunks of Nigeria in a privatization frenzy. Transcorp was formed to further facilitate the complete hand-over of Nigeria’s assets to private cronies of the PDP. As Obasanjo failed to secure his third term bid, he quickly auctioned off Nigeria’s oil refineries to the same cabal.

Other not so favorable aspects of the OBJ years, including the ‘skewed’ use of the EFCC, the billions allocated for repairing power plants, the ‘missing’ recovered Abacha loot and the like have been thrashed suitably in the media.

While terror got embedded in the country, the rich got stupendously richer during Obasanjo and the poor got poorer. The gap between the rich and poor have since in the fourth republic widened to levels never before seen. This is the Nigeria Yar’Adua would inherit.

Tackling the Recession

President Musa Yar’Adua had an uphill task. He was coming in when oil prices were dropping during the global recession and Nigeria’s economy faced testing. The Yar’Adua government had to stabilize the economy against dropping oil prices and decreased production as a result of Niger-Delta terror which had reduced oil exports by more than half. This was the heyday of MEND.

Oil prices dropped to a low value of $35 a barrel during his tenure. This was definitely a tough time as repeats today. But a steady hand and refusal to adopt wrong policies protected the economy.

Late Yar’Adua inherited an external reserve of $45 billion, which grew to $63 billion in September, 2008. Due to the twin blows of reduced income from MEND terror and tanked global oil costs, Yar”Adua left $47. 7 billion in the reserves as at Dec 31st 2009 when Jonathan took over. He left Nigeria’s external debts relatively unchanged.

Faced with an impending recession rocking the world, the Yar’Adua government dug into the nation’s Excess Crude Account to fund the National Integrated Power Project and distribute additional funds national, state, and local governments.

To tackle and prevent Nigeria joining the global recession and shore the economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under President Yar’Adua and led by Sanusi lamido Sanusi (now Emir) ordered the immediate audit of all 24 of Nigeria’s banks. The audits were followed by the replacement of eight troubled bank leaders and a $3.9 billion bailout of the banks which stabilized the economy.

The Yar’Adua government published a “name and shame” list of hundreds of bad debtors which included many closely tied to the PDP and Yar’Adua personally recovered billions in bad debts. In contrast today, the Buhari government refuses to publish the names of looters even after they have returned moneys.

Legacy On Corruption And How Late Yar’Adua Fought Obasanjo, Dangote And Other Cabal

Apart from the “name and shame list, in October of 2010, the former chairman of the Nigerian Port Authority and Vice-Chairman of President Yar’Adua’s 2007 presidential campaign, Bode George of the PDP party was convicted on various corruption charges and sentenced to jail. This was a man who was first indicted in 2005 by the EFCC but was allegedly shielded by Obasanjo.

A major battle Yar’Adua had to face was the recovery of Nigeria from the cabal. Obasanjo had literally sold Nigeria to private friends of his and his party. Tycoon Dangote had been selected and favored by president Obasanjo not only during his second appearance in civilian regalia but from his first show as military dictator when he gave Dangote exclusive importation rights. With the sale of Nigeria’s refineries to Dangote and Otedola, Dangote owned as much as half of Nigeria’s assets, which included Nigeria’s cement plants, a telecoms licence and mining concessions. Bashani Aminu, a Yar’Adua confidant revealed as relayed in Wikileaks,“Disentangling Obasanjo” cables that Dangote once gave Obasanjo a 35 million dollar private jet as thanks for his fruitful partnership.

“Aminu expects more of the same soon — particularly an overturn of the Transcorp purchase of the Abuja Nicon Hilton. Aminu also noted Yar’adua’s commitment to fighting corruption and told Post he gave the greenlight to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate anyone.

He predicted Yar’adua will overturn the Transcorp purchase of the Abuja Nicon Hilton soon. These deals will be aimed at removing the ill-earned gains of Obasanjo and his close allies such as Aliko Dangote. (NOTE: Dangote and Obasanjo’s Transcorp were both part of the consortium that purchased the Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries.) Aminu claimed Dangote gave Obasanjo a 35 million USD jet plane as a recent “gift.””

In July of 2007, barely two months into office, Yar’Adua summoned the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), to query the sale of Nigeria’s refineries to Dangote and co. And to the praise of Nigeria’s Labour Congress (NLC) Yar’Adua overturned these privatizations for being corrupt. Yar’Adua was next going after the Transcorp purchase of Abuja NICON Hilton. Though Obasanjo had put Yar’Adua into office against Yar’Adua’s wishes, he having objected to contesting on health grounds, Yar’Adua was determined to rescue Nigeria from the paws of the cabal, even his sponsors, Dangote, who financially sponsored his campaigns and Obasanjo who orchestrated his selection.

But this was not even the half of Yar’Adua’s war against corruption. There was the kerosene subsidy scam, through which the fourth republic stole and still steals 10 million dollars every day from the Nigerian masses. Yar’Adua who was battling with a chronic allergic disorder and had intermittent kidney failure, took this matter as no joke and not a matter to delay on. Within his short tenure, he went hard and firm against the subsidy fraud, sending four directive communications to immediately seize the fake subsidy that ‘was not reaching the beneficiaries – the Nigerian masses.  Yar’Adua’s Principal Secretary, Mr. David Edevbie conveyed the directives.

The government spent/spends millions of dollars everyday subsidizing kerosene that was/is sold to the masses at unsubsidized prices in an elaborate, cheap scam. President Yar’Adua on June 15, 2009 gave a clear directive that NNPC should cease subsidy claims on kerosene. Kerosene fraudulent subsidy claims run up to the tune of N300 trillions per year. This was going to hurt Obsanjo and his cabal cronies.

Ambassador Maitama Sule revealed that Obasanjo was scared Yar’Adua would soon come after him and AC’s Garba Shehu said Atiku warned Yar’Adua that Obasanjo was plotting to remove him for his “treachery.”

Today the Buhari government is in bed with Obasanjo and Dangote who are dictating government policies and receiving billions in government subsidies and gifts. A recent Reuters report that covered just 3 months of released Central Bank Forex authorisations found that Dangote alone got $100 million in subsidized forex “gift” in that period. For a year of the dual CBN and blackmarket forex rates, Dangote is estimated to have benefitted a whopping half a billion dollars in forex gift from the Buhari administration. This free money from Nigeria’s coffers strengthened the Dangote brand over Nigeria while small businesses were given no concessions and folded up leading to at least 4.6 million Nigerians losing their jobs according to numbers from the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.

Further, unlike the Obasanjo policy to ban import of goods which Dangote and other cabal have monopolies in, to promote the stocks of these cabal party sponsors, Yar’Adua is applauded to have allowed free importation, limiting local costs and increasing foreign investments in Nigeria. The current regime policies pushed by Obasanjo and Dangote have led to increased hardship while patronizing ad promoting Dangote who is alleged to invest money of many of Nigeria’s looters and other cabal.

According to US cables: “…elimination of import bans and lower tariffs on key products, bringing down the cost of doing business and reducing incentives for smuggling. The Mission has helped the Government of Nigeria solve regulatory and policy problems to allow increased electricity supplies, boost agricultural production, and assist in establishing reliable regional and international markets, including use of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

WeeklyTrust in their one year tribute, remember Yar’Adua thus:

Yar’adua deconstructed power. He was not intoxicated by it, a fact that even his critics had attested to. He operated within the realm of the law. He didn’t pay lip service to the rule of law and due process he preached. The courts regained the freedom they lost during his predecessor’s tenure. They handed down verdicts that cancelled political victories even though his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the victim.

Despite his ill-health, he pioneered laudable projects across the country. He initiated the dredging of River Niger, a project that was abandoned for decades. He started the reinvigoration of the abandoned rail system. He brought Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to head the Central Bank, thereby saving the country from a looming financial crisis.

He was bold enough to reverse President Olusegun Obasanjo’s decisions considered to be against the national interest.  He saved the country’s three refineries from being auctioned to businessmen, who could not establish theirs.  The nation’s comatose telecom giant, NITEL was not auctioned at least during his time.

He fought corruption in his own ways. He pioneered the policy of returning unspent funds to the national treasury at the end of the fiscal year even though the policy regrettably died with him. He prosecuted and jailed those believed to be above the law. His party chieftain, Chief Olabode George was convicted during Yar’adua’s adminitration. He did not create political enemies who he needed the anti-graft agencies, notably the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to humiliate as Obasanjo did.

After his assumption, he saved the jobs of over 160, 000 federal workers pencilled for sack under various pretences. Not only that, he released the N10 billion Lagos State local government councils’ funds which Obasanjo sat fat on despite court orders. Yar’adua went ahead and reversed the increment of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 10 percent to five as well as the hike in fuel price from N75 to N65. 

A very important aspect of the legacy of late Yar’Adua was his respect of the law. When he summoned then EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu to complete all cases against corrupt persons and spare no one, he is noted to have directed that Ribadu must respect and abide by the law in all cases and at all times. Compared to today, the current Buhari administration has disobeyed the courts in several cases and continues to do so, holding people in detention without charge and in denial of bail.

The Yar’Adua administration is noted to have strengthened the judicial system beyond compare, an essentiality for national growth and progress.

His Death And The Conclusion

There are many more instances of Yar’Adua’s stunning and committed actions towards strengthening the judiciary, developing the economy, securing the nation and total war against corruption. But Yar’Adua suddenly took seriously ill and suspected he had been poisoned. As relayed in Wikileaks cables, Professor Ukandi G. Damachi, an insider and confidant to Babangida and other Nigerian top elite, claimed that late Yar’Adua suspected he had been poisoned by his kitchen staff who he inherited from the former president, Obasanjo. This belief was grave enough according to Professor Ukandi G. Damachi, that Yar’Adua fired all the kitchen staff and replaced them.

Suspicion of poisoning has been rather common in Nigeria’s story, and Shehu Musa, Yar’Adua’s elder brother, was believed to have been killed by poisoning in jail as also it is believed late president elect MKO Abiola was.

Yar’Adua’s wife, Turai is also reported to have believed her husband was poisoned, and this was done to speed up his death. [Fresh Facts, May 2010: “They Killed Yar’Adua”].

When the Goodluck Jonathan administration took over, during a valedictory session in Yar’Adua’s  honour, a motion to investigate the conditions of Yar’Adua’s death was raised by senators who alleged that the circumstances leading to the death of Yar’Adua were suspicious, but this motion to probe did not pass the floor and so this possibility was never investigated.

While the predecessor governments, especially the immediate past Jonathan government, certainly messed up Nigeria, we believe it is time the current administration gets over regurgitating the past to explain the predicament of these times. A several month delay in choosing his cabinet (which ended up consisting of nothing special and EFCC and ICPC implicated members with records of corruption in their states) and the delays in signing the budget cost Nigeria a year. This was essential time that should have been used to block and possibly prevent the recession currently bedeviling the nation. Ongoing gifts of billions of dollars in forex subsidies to the corrupt cabal are not helping either. Late Yar’Adua believed in the power of the people over the cabal. This is a legacy that needs to be emulated.

We wish the government success in its efforts to rescue Nigeria.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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How Godwin Emefiele Caused Millions of Nigerians To Lose Their Jobs By Peregrino Brimah

The direct policies of the central bank of Nigeria, CBN have been and continue to be at the helm of the current economic crisis and recession that is permanently and irreversibly destroying life and hope for the Nigerian masses. We have repeatedly pointed out these cabal-favorable, masses-exterminating policy decisions that have gotten Nigeria to this point. As support is lost, our teachers are resorting to stealing and the weak are taking their own lives. 4.6 million jobs have been lost according to the National Bureau of Statistics. This is catastrophic!

In January this year, in my article, “FOREX: Nigeria’s Economic Catastrophe From Godwin Emefiele’s Prison Economics,” I warned that due to unreasonable policies suddenly limiting Nigerians’ access to dollars, tens of thousands of businesses will fold up. I highlighted that business mogul, Leo-Stan Ekeh predicted the collapse of 99% of Nigerian businesses due to CBN forex policies. In April this year in an interview with the Tribune, I again raised the same concerns.

Cabal Favorable, Masses Exterminating Policies

The cabal are the smallest employers of labour in Nigeria. The government employs about 10% of labour. Big business employs a paltry 9% of labour while small businesses (Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs) are the largest employers, employing over 75% of labour. You kill small businesses, you kill the country. It’s as simple as that not just in Nigeria but across the world. Godwin Emefiele with the apparent blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari protected and promoted the cabal who continued to declare juicy quarterly profits while they killed SMEs.

Small businesses employ over 100 million Nigerians while the cabal industries collectively hire less than a million. Atiku Abubakar recently touted that he is Nigeria’s largest employer. “I employ 50,000 Nigerians” he bragged. This is how minuscule the numbers employed by the chronically government-favoured  big corp. are. Those Buhari in his AlJazeera interview promised will get exclusive access to CBN subsidized dollars employ less than 9% of labour. The cabal-protective policies as enforced by the CBN had one predictable outcome as Leo Stan had warned: death of small businesses and mass unemployment. Millions of us small-scale employers who were suffocated, packed up, and threw our employees onto the streets. 4.6 million without jobs and a means of survival in times of hiked fuel prices and inflation were the result.

Godwin Was Busy Dashing Dangote $100 Million According to Reuters

Reuters in a recent article by Ulf Laessing and Himanshu Ojha, revealed how Godwin dashed Dangote $100 million dollars within a year under Buhari’s new government. Dangote got one in nine dollars the central bank sold, at sometimes one in eight, the report stated. Similarly a handful more fellow cabal got the bulk of the rest of the half-price government-subsidized dollars that the masses were deprived of even for importing their petrol (thereby leading to an unbearable price hike). We are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars given to a few dozen Nigerians.

At this time small businesses/businessmen were not only limited in amount of dollar they could purchase with prison-like restrictions suddenly imposed by banks on order of the CBN and against the constitution, but they were never allowed the advantage the Dangotes were accorded to even occasionally purchase 197-rate dollars. SMEs were thrown to the blackmarket and even then, tightly limited in what they could transfer for purchasing their goods and raw materials. As former CBN governor Soludo criticized, sudden unreasonable import ban lists by the apex bank before local availability was established put more nails in the coffin. Whereas, promoting small scale local manufacture should have been done by subsidies and other encouragement methods to preserve businesses during a needed foreign-dependence transition.

In November last year, Soludo is quoted to have summarized,“For the better part of this year, the external shocks to the economy have been complicated or accentuated by a gamut of the “tried and failed” command and control policy regime: de facto fixed exchange rate, largely fixed CBN monetary policy rate, crude capital controls, veiled form of import bans through a long list of ‘ineligible for foreign exchange’, de facto scrapping of domiciliary account established by law, etc. At first, I thought this was the usual kneejerk response of policymakers to a ‘sudden’ shock. We tried a milder variant of this for a few months during the 2008/2009 unexpected/unprecedented global crisis (with global liquidity squeeze and massive capital flight) but even then, it was communicated as a ‘short-term crisis response’ and it was quickly dismantled. We now know what works and what doesn’t even at a time of crisis.

As has been chronic of Nigeria where big businesses get billions of dollars in waivers, they continued to get billions in subsidized dollars, while the largest employers of labour, SMEs continued to be further crippled by the Buhari government. They died.

In return, of course the masses got Dangote and co’s charities. Donations of trucks of food. This chronic government SME crippling, cabal favoritism is what US inteligencia calls the Dangote “beggar-thy-countrymen” model. The cabal then sponsor politicians and the deadly cycle continues cycle after cycle. It was he same in the US during the robber baron era before the labour union riots.

We could have suggested other alternatives that would have protected Nigeria. Rather than subsidize Dangote and co alone, if Buhari had kept his promise to encourage mushroom refineries in the Niger Delta for instance, these could have been built on a franchise template with each community given shares in a small-scale refinery. These community projects should have gotten the $100s of millions gifted to Dangote and the other cabal for their personal projects. This would have not only provided a stimulus for a wide-spread growth of real jobs across localities but it would also discourage terror in the Niger Delta while addressing the local manufacturing problem. Several similar citizen-friendly policy choices could have salvaged the largest employers of labour and the larger nation instead of saving only the cabal.

Again, for too long, Godwin Emefiele rejected our better advise to devalue the already devalued Naira. Keeping a duplicity in prices to enable the amassing of billions by his private sector billionaire friends at the expense of the masses. The rich got richer.

Today the CBN under Godwin Emefiele continues to manipulate the dollar (availability) figures to satisfy his cronies, akin to “inside trading.” Nigeria is in the hands of Jim’s boy, described by many as one of the worst crooks at the center of the Jonathan era of gravid corruption. Indeed the CBN governor is as implicated as Dasuki in the open astronomical looting of Nigeria’s treasury. It is immoral to continue with such at the helm. Nigeria’s fall into recession is the direct consequence of this violation  of the trust given to the new administration.

Ultimately the buck rightly stops at the president’s table. While we cannot deny the president’s role in the job killing policies of central bank under governor Godwin Emefiele, it is more useful to directly underline the failure of this highly autonomous department. Hence the article heading. President Buhari unlike his predecessor has disappointed Nigerians by not even portraying the slightest posture of a wish to sack the CBN governor or get him investigated and prosecuted. I would not encourage the accusations that the media exposed nepotism by the apex bank has something to do with Buhari’s acceptance of the man who opened Nigeria’s vaults for Jonathan and company to steal the nation dry.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce tweeted, “It is called the Central Bank of Nigeria not the Central Bank of Rich and Powerful Nigerians. This nepotism must be investigated & punished!” It wasn’t, but rather the central bank since continued favoring the rich and connected and overseeing the loses of millions of jobs for Nigeria’s dying masses.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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Rise In Islamist Fanatic Killings In North Nigeria By Peregrino Brimah

The rise in mob religiously mis-inspired killings in north Nigeria cannot be overlooked. From Zamfara to Abuja. From Kano to Kaduna, there have been news reports of intolerant killings of Christians and Muslim minorities by zealous misguided youth and even state actors. While outspoken, illuminated Muslim scholars like Imam Murtada Muhammad Gusau have in clear terms preached against the gross violations by those who take lives against Islamic rule, the erring killers continue unfettered and unbothered. They and their supporters even make threats and promises to “drink more innocent blood” in the open and online, desirous of justifying their “haram” misguided actions.

Boko Haram Shadow

While Boko Haram is on the retreat, successfully cordoned by the Buhari administration’s return of the army to what it used to be before its procurement department was turned into a suction straw for the siphoning of Nigeria’s billions, the north, no longer overshadowed or constrained by Boko Haram’s usurp of meaningless barbarism, appears to be experiencing a reawakening of it’s age-long noted deadly intolerance.

Could the era of Boko Haram terror have caused the notable lull in diffuse deadly zealot behavior? Were the murderous fanatics cowed by Boko Haram’s superiority in mass massacres or were they afraid of death in the hands of the more wild and wicked terrorists? Or were they possibly filled and fulfilled by Boko Haram’s massive blood spillage and not thirsty to engage in same?

Recession

Nigeria is experiencing an economic recession. The indices are bad. There is frustration in the land. Teachers have been reported to have resorted to stealing, while highlighting the debilitating state of small business owners –the largest employers of labor in Nigeria– a mother of three recently reportedly killed herself over the crippling Naira-Dollar currency exchange rate.

Nigeria’s central bank has maintained policies that only favor the wealthy and industrial manufacturers, while the small scale importers who employ 70% of labour are being run into extinction. Coupled with broke state governments, the majority of salary earning masses both in the public and private sectors are broke and stretched thin either borrowing money or lending to others.

While the nation experiences a surplus as the price of oil has remained at an average of $50/barrel, $12 above the budget benchmark, and the recovery of looted billions and high Naira rate, hovering around N400/USD has also put surplus cash in the hands of the government, there is no reprieve for the masses. There is hunger in the land and the people are dying.

But can this suffering of the masses be a factor in the resurgence of northern intolerance? It is hard to evaluate the role of the economic crisis in the “takfiri” intolerance islamist murders and massacres. We are of the opinion that poverty does not cause murderousity. The poor are blessed. Our opinion is that other factors are more to blame for this unusual recurrent, deadly fanatic trend limited to Nigeria’s north and no other country in the world of note.

Northern President

Some suggest that a northern president has emboldened fanatics to believe they can intimidate, persecute and mass murder religious minorities in the north with impunity. The posture of President Muhammadu Buhari has been clear on instances of targeted killings of Christians in the north: Buhari has condemned the act in unambiguous terms. Even though the Buhari government has itself been accused by local and international organizations and indicted by a Kaduna judicial panel of a mass massacre followed by the secret burial of hundreds of minority Shia Muslims in Zaria, it is unknown if this act and posture has inspired and emboldened fanatic kill-happy Muslims.

Capital Punishment Response

The hanging of persons, civilian or military, rich or poor, weak or powerful, caught directly involved in the mass murder of religious minorities or in the vocal and organized sponsorship of such, according to the stipulations of Nigeria’s anti-terror laws that prescribes death for all terrorists and supporters of them, would send a clear message to maniacal intolerant mass murderers.

It is important Nigeria’s police arrests perpetrators of these sick crimes and that the judiciary, state or Sharia courts rapidly sentence them to death in accordance to the prescriptions of the law. This wills end a string message to the misguided blood-thirsty youth and their radical islamist, usually foreign paid cleric sponsors, who intend to rip Nigeria apart by fueling sectarian strife.

God is with the patient. May the patience of targeted minorities never wear thin.

Dr. peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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Proof Of God’s Existence, By Peregrino Brimah

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Pastor Adeboye: The 15 Questions ‘Humanist’ Ijabla Raymond Can’t Answer, By Peregrino Brimah

My dear friend Dr. Ijabla Raymond is having a field day poking at religious communities. I have had some degree of direct interactions with Ijabla a few years ago when I joined his FaceBook page dedicated to testing jabs at the faiths. After a couple of days of my illuminated responses to his jabs, an uncomfortable Ijabla who noticed I was shattering his developing empire of anti-god-ist fans by showing the folly of his sermons, kicked me out of the page.

Of course, the above was my reading of my and Ijabla’s brief direct engagement. It was not the first time anti-god-ists kicked me out. The Richard Dawkins forum also gave me the boot some years back after they could not tolerate my defense of religion and could not answer my simple questions to them.

Here I pose the questions to Ijabla and any other Humanist or anti-god-ist who cares to try to answer them. I anticipate any attempts to answer them and assure all that I will use logic and science to demonstrate the flawed logic, emptiness and blatant error in the anti-god fanatics’ responses.

1. What is the purpose of your existence?

2. If I (we) can get away with it, why should I (we) not kill fellow men?

3. Why should man conserve the environment (fight global warming etc)?

4. What is the Singularity from which the galaxies formed?

5. How did the dense Singularity at the beginning of the Big bang come into existence?

6. Can something come into existence out of nothing? If not, then how do you explain questions 4 and 5?

7. Categorically prove your existence (beyond being in a dream).

8. Can you scientifically discuss parthenogenesis while denying virgin births?

9. Do you not agree that evolutionary principles prove religion (based on the strict preservation only of traits necessary for survival of species, which preserved-religion must be one of)?

10. Why do you sleep?

11. Why do you yawn?

12. Evolution: in bilateralism, how come and why are both sides identical, e.g: both your eyes are the same color?

13. How does a cock hatched in seclusion recognize and warn of the approach of a hawk (and not a dove)?

14. Since there is absolutely no fact and no time-bound guarantee in science, can a position devoid of fact surpass any other positions?

15. Can you defend, explain and justify the placebo effect as relates to a position to abandon religion?

We await Ijabla or any other takers’ attempts to answer some of these questions.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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Protests Against Nigeria Govt. Killing People, Killing The Press By Peregrino Brimah

Dr Peregrino Brimah protests Tuesday at Nigerian Embassy New York against Nigerian government intimidation of the media.

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission overstepped its constitutional boundaries in arresting Mr. Abusidiqu Usman in attempt to muzzle and silence the Nigerian media.

The Nigerian media has been the balance of the government exposing financial crimes and embezzlement by serving and past government officials in the civil service and military.

The media has also exposed crimes against humanity including the mass murder of over 350 Nigerians in Zaria last December and their secret burial in a mass grave at Mando: perpetrated by the Nigerian military in cahoots with the Kaduna State government.

Nigerians will loose their rights to safety security and the pursuit of prosperity if harassment and intimidation of the Nigerian media continues.

@EveryNigerian

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It’s Not Too Late For Wole Soyinka to Repent By Peregrino Brimah

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36 (KJV)

It baffles when one reads from worldly intellectuals who seem unable to comprehend and appreciate things as simple, plain and obvious as God. It becomes hard to reconcile how their ‘high’ intellect can yet be so lacking in what to us is perhaps the most basic properties of existence and the very reason behind it. It’s like being able to program a computer but unable to add 1 to 1.

The latest piece by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, titled “To Everything, Its Place” as it appeared in SaharaReporters, was one more piece by the unbelieving, globally renowned fanatically anti-God professor that scratched the mind. In a nutshell, the professor was trying to separate God from the school.

Professor Soyinka believes as he expressed, as appreciated by me, that mixing God and Holiness with children’s academic life causes “religious clashes of increasing savagery.” Once again, the professor casually linked religiousness and God-consciousness with Boko Haram as the symbol and in a way, only terror he knows of. He would prefer that things like veils that make a student “show off” as being “holier” are discarded along with shows of wealth in student dressing. The professor casually described the use of British colonial school uniforms as consecrated and sacrosanct, defending this “doctrine” on the basis of a lack of national debate on its retained significance “after several decades of independence.”

The Ununiform Uniform

Most schools in the United States and perhaps most schools in most countries in the world do not use school uniforms. In Europe, Britain and Ireland are the only countries where the school uniform is widely adopted by state schools and generally supported by the government. One wonders how small Soyinka’s world is that he thinks school uniforms are standard, or perhaps, how much he attempts to contract the world to pursue his arguments.

The attempt to define student learning as a process not to be interfered with by wealth or morality, falls flat on its face when one studies the American academic system where children wear their fancy clothes to school if they can afford it and those who believe in veils cover their hair as recommended in the Bible and Quran, if and as they deem fit. Does a peer wearing designer clothes frustrate a fellow student and destroy him? Does a classmate wearing a veil feel she is demonstrating a “holier than thou” attitude and does this frustrate her peers? Where did professor Soyinka get these ideas from? It’s certainly been long but has he completely forgotten his childhood schooling experience?

I went to school in my kid years in Geneva Switzerland. My “primary” school, La Chataigneraie international school like most others did not prescribe the “holy” uniforms and did not discriminate wealth or holiness. We had a very wealthy friend called Sultan. We used to call him Salt and pepper. As you may imagine, Sultan was the filthy rich kid of a Sultan. While his wealth of games and toys that I could only dream of, was clearly appealing to me at my tender age, I was not oppressed by it. Sultan also did not see his wealth as a tool of subjugation as wealthy adults do, but had us “poor” black brothers as his best pals, to play with all his toys with. He even gave us many to take away when my brother and I left the school.

If there is a time that human beings can and should be tested and taught what diversity is, is it not at a tender age? Or would the professor rather promote a fake uniformed world where all realities are snuffed so when the children suddenly graduate and go to university as happened with Boko Haram founders, and witness the disparity, oppression and inequality, they revolt and establish terror groups on the basis of “fighting inequality and government corruption that breeds it” as was Boko Haram’s foundational sell pitch? What does the professor know of attribution, correlation and association and on what basis does he draw up and select his explanations for Boko Haram (the only terror he appears to know).

As children, seeing fancy toys we could not own, we turned into master inventors and creators. We made our toys. We built and built and by the time I was in a secondary school in Nigeria, I was a chief inventor. Together with a secondary school best friend who today is Nigeria’s top drone expert and was involved in the Gulma drone the Jonathan government built, my humble self led our school to Junior Engineers and Technicians victories. I would say there was an advantage to seeing things I could not own, that challenged me as a pupil. I believe certain challenges I faced in that international school in Switzerland moulded me into a human right advocate I am today.

Bring the wealth, bring the holiness, bring the high IQs and let us also bring our poverty, skin complexion, lower IQs and other social and physical qualities and inequalities and let a proper school with sensible teachers marinate all that into a good soup. And even if wealth is to be checked at the school’s door; does a school not teach morality and holiness?

If as the professor loves to repeat, the errors of takfiri Muslims which he believes is in the very essence of Islam as a whole, led to the development of Boko Haram, what causes Ombatse, MEND, Niger Delta Avengers, armed robbers, government officials, and all other terror-associated formations? The lack of Islam? The lack of the veil? Does the professor not see his arguments as too simplistic?

As Professor Soyinka advances in age I wonder if he is able to answer the question all anti-Godists have yet been unable to: what is the purpose of his existence? Why do those kids need to go to school in the first place? To learn, earn, breed and die…like animals? To continue to propagate the human species for the sake of propagating the human species? To have fun without fear, to love life and fear death? To wear uniform and be uniform, or not to? To Ben Stein’s amusement, a foremost anti-God faithful fanatic prophet, Richard Dawkins said Aliens put us here. Perhaps life’s purpose is to serve the aliens?

Why a place for everything?

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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#GodwinMustGo: The Exigent Campaign To Remove Nigeria’s CBN Governor By Peregrino Brimah

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Black Market Forex PMS Price: Kachikwu Must Think Nigerians Are Dumb By peregrino brimah

When I strongly criticized the Minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu for artificially creating a fuel scarcity by in his words, “saving fuel from Nigeria’s refineries for the rainy day,” and of course, not importing enough, while I thought he was dumb, I never imagined it was intentional. Now it has come to light that the fuel scarcity was intentional, Kachikwu was not dumb but rather he gambles that we Nigerians are.

The recent utterings from the government and their agents, putting the recent scarcity and its derived price hike (at N150-250/liter) as the justification for the new price hike is evidence that the unexplainable shortage of PMS was deliberate and a staged hardship to introduce the planned price increase.

As I pointed out in an earlier publication, the new price of petrol was calculated simply based on 100% importation via black market forex; with Nigerian banks having been authorized by Godwin Emefiele to sell at black market rates as the new “malo,”

At CBN 197, fuel was N86.50

At Black market 325, it will be what?

325 x 86.50/ 197= N141

That’s how Kachikwu came up with his N135-145 range. Nigeria is now betrothed to the bank black market cabal.

Let’s summarize 10 factors/questions that Kachikwu, who I believe must resign, should but cannot address:

1, Why the false advert in all national dailies that “the subsidy was just removed” when we all know the subsidy has since been totally removed as the government announced in December of 2016?

2, Why the false announcement of a so-called downstream deregulation when the government has put a lower boundary of N135 on the sale of PMS? If deregulation is real then there shouldn’t there be no lower hiked limit?

3, Will the NNPC also source for dollars from the blackmarket? If not refer to question below:

4, As the NNPC currently imports at 100%, during this deregulation, what percent will the NNPC still import? 50%/ 40%? Or none? If the NNPC still imports let’s say 40%. How much will it sell that cheaper fuel for? N85.60? N100? Or N135? If it is sold at the new lower limit of N135, does this mean Kachikwu plans for the FGN to make a killing off of Nigerians in hardship?

5, When the NNPC imports fuel, will 100% of fuel it imported using the CBN dollar rate of N197, be sold at NNPC stations at less than N100/liter? if not, how will corruption not be enhanced just like Diezani’s days with Kachikwu and Godwin’s friends and other fuel marketer cabal not selling same CBN rate imported fuel at 50% profit from private stations? is this not the same subsidy corruption now a dollar disparity corruption?

6, Why did Godwin Emefiele not release enough dollars for Kachikwu to import the demanded fuel so there was no artificial scarcity all along? Was this Godwin’s choice or Kachikwu’s?

7,  Will the NNPC stop importing fuel all together so there are no two drastically different, corrupting prices and corruption is prevented will all suppliers needing to get dollars from the black market?

8, Godwin Emefiele this January promised Dangote unfettered access to CBN dollars for his private $14 billion refinery. Other big business cabal also have been promised dollars as Buhari told Al Jazeera. Whereas small businesses are the largest employers, employing 70% of labour; but they do not have access to CBN dollars. Why is Nigeria’s dollars being given/why are the big cabal being subsidized with CBN billions of dollars while the last benefit the masses get, a paltry $3 billion forex/annum used to import our fuel, is now taken away?

9, According to Nigeria’s constitution, the CBN regulates the forex rate for the banks. Why is the illegality of banks operating now as black markets with unregulated rates, being catapulted by another illegality: the supply of PMS to the masses based on government promoted black market dollar sourcing?

10, Are the following solutions:

  1. Devaluing the naira to prevent the corruption of the dual fuel import rates;
  1. Redirecting dollars from Dangote and other cabal’s private businesses for the importation of adequate PMS to save and serve the masses or;
  1. Cancelling all NNPC CBN 197 rate based import of PMS to allow a single black market based rate; not all more legitimate solutions in the best interest of Nigerians?

The current system without a doubt was imposed by the cabal. With the system as announced, the friends of Kachikwu and Godwin Emefiele will again amass billions as did the friends of Diezani. I wonder if Nigeria has not had enough of this already.

 

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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Was Boko Haram Sponsored By The Vindictive Fulani Herders? By Peregrino Brimah

There is one thing the world has recently learned about the nature of Nigeria’s Fulani herders: they are ruthlessly vindictive.

Disclaimer: Now before any apologist embarks on maligning me for this fact-based analytical essay, I proudly introduce by ancestry: I am a pure Fulani descendant. I recently published the results of my Ancestry DNA test which revealed a whopping 19% pure Mali blood. This proves my roots in the Fulani migration from the ‘Futa Jalon’ area as Dokubo is fond of saying. I challenge many who claim to be Fulani descendants to test their DNA. Many are Hausas through and through with 100% Nigerian DNA and only Fulani-wannabes. [See: Ancestry DNA: Dokubo Was Right, I Am From Futa Jallon! – Dr Peregrino Brimah]

Boko Haram War Against Farmers

Question #6 of my popular article in June of 2014, “The 20 Questions We Must Ask About The Boko Haram Insurgence,” as published in Ynaija, was as quoted;

#6. What is their agenda? Judging by their only recognizable mission, are they set out to destroy farming in Nigeria and the north’s primary resource? Recognizing that in their four years of major carnage, they have almost exclusively targeted farmers in the north and farming villages killing over 80,000 farmers and displacing 3 million.

I asked the same question in my 21 revised questions “in light of the Baga massacre,” as published in January of 2015 in OsunDefender. I asked:

“Why does Boko Haram kill the local farming population? The terrorists then in need of food invade markets and livestock farms in neighboring Cameroon to get food. What is the logic here?”

Who is the enemy of the peasant farmer?

The Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) alleged that the “Monsanto,” GMO big corp: that’s Bill Gates including Nigeria’s richest concrete man, want the farmers’ lands.

The regional politicians in Borno and neighboring countries are also very suspect. Ali Modu Sherriff’s fraternal brother, Kashim Shettima has been accused of eagerly buying up the now abandoned lands in Borno, including juicy plots in Reservation areas of the capital while the terror saga was ongoing. I personally know a friend in our organisation who the governor bought his property at the price demanded without negotiation.

But more credibly, while these above may like the released lands, there is another candidate who has been proven to love to sack farmers from their land by violent means, ruthlessly killing everyone in villages, burning the villages down to ensure that no human returns to live there, so as to permanently free up the lands.

I analysed in pervious articles that any idea that Boko Haram is trying to spread Islam or a caliphate is a ruse. You do not rule a land where you have annihilated and alienated the people. You do not create a caliphate by exterminating the people. Unless it is a caliphate of cows, I quizzed.

I asked in “21 Questions” last year January: “If results points to objective; is it reasonable to say that Boko Haram’s agenda, as their actions clearly spell out is simply annihilation of the populace and occupation/annexation of the land?” Also commenting, “What is Boko Haram’s real agenda? If Boko Haram wishes to establish a caliphate in Nigeria, why would they kill the very population that they intend to preside over?”

A cursory look across the middle belt shows a parallel with Boko Haram’s modus operandi that has been so for ages. Clashes between Fulani herders and farmers have typically resulted in the herders returning someday and perpetrating genocidal massacres of the farming communities, burning everything down.

Indeed, during the Jonathan years, we wrote about these unknown 3-500 so-called Fulani herders who had been ravaging the middle belt just as Boko Haram had been doing in Borno. We struggled to distinguish to two.

The day the Jonathan government finally caught some of them, it was announced that they were Boko Haram members and hired mercenaries. See in Vanguard of April, 2014, “Fulani herdsmen confess to membership of Boko Haram.”

While Boko Haram has many sponsors and wings, including political, its mission(s) may have remained illusive for these obvious reasons. As I postulated earlier, by virtue of its operations–decimating farming populations just as the rest Fulani-sponsored mercenaries do across the middle belt and south, Boko Haram may have always been sponsored by Fulani elements who have been unhappy with the Kanuri farmer as land, water and resource competition gets steeper. I will add to and elaborate on this ultimate conclusion later.

Insight On Fulani Vindictiveness From el-Rufai

Current Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, during a period of hot debate on the wars between the Fulani and Berom people in Jos, revealed what he felt as a ‘Fulani’ (I am not sure what his DNA results are and we cannot say he speaks for all Fulani), was the nature of Fulani people.

El-Rufai in July of 2012, described the Fulani as scripturally vindictive. The governor used a Quranic phrase of God’s “vengeful nature” to emphasize the vindictive nature of the Fulani as he perceived them. The governor did not even exclude soldiers in the targets of vengeful Fulani retaliations. “Offending the Fulani is like a loan,” he said, using the scripture-based terms. A loan you will repay the debt collectors one day or the other, even if you are a soldier. And I am writing this here for all to see for all time, he said.

Quoting el-Rufai’s tweet: “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.”

Link: https://twitter.com/elrufai/status/224577000218689537

It is the same idea that has come to light in recent Fulani-related massacres across the nation. Defending the Agatu massacre, a so-called representative of Gan Allah Fulani Association claimed that it was today, under Buhari’s government, that the Fulani were retaliating for atrocities against them since 2013. [See: EXCLUSIVE: Why we struck in Agatu — Fulani herdsmen]

One of the suspects in the Enugu massacre, Mohammed Zure, arrested by Enugu police for other charges and then found to have a cell phone video of him killing a Nimbo victim, confessed that the Fulani herders had a terror family network across the nation and any one could be activated to join in these massacre and annihilate missions.

Nigeria’s senate earlier concluded that the Fulani herder militancy was the very same Boko Haram.

This Answers Question On Boko Haram’s Mission Against Kanuri Farmers

So while we have been used to Fulani herders’ vindictive natures across the country, them as a stand-alone group having been accorded the 4th worst terror group in the world; how come we have failed thus far to identify the plight of the people of Borno with this same formation?

Boko Haram is without doubt, a mixed and much convoluted group with many heads, but as far as the extermination of the Kanuri farmer goes, this aspect of the sect’s operation is in tandem with the same by the so-called Fulani militants on all “enemy”communities across Nigeria’s middle belt and south.

Just as the Fulani militants are unforgiving of those communities it goes back to years later in attempt to annihilate, so also the herders most likely took offense with Kanuri peasant farmers (over some cows stolen, etc) and has since engaged in the identical mission of annihilating them without regard and usurping their lands. This is one of the considerations that made us propose a “Kanuri warrior” in 2014 as the only way to defeat Boko Haram.

As we have written on in the past, a popular commentator with links to Boko Haram, Ahmed Salkida has earlier made reference to the pivotal history of clashes between herders, fishermen and farmers around the Chad lake. “The impact of the drying lake is causing tensions among communities around Lake Chad. There are repeated conflicts among nationals of different countries over control of the remaining water. …Fishermen also want farmers and herdsmen to cease diverting lake water to their farmlands and livestock.” [See: Africa’s vanishing Lake Chad, by Ahmad Salkida in 2012]

As this “disappearing lake” decreased to a tenth of its size, increasing competition for the water sparked serious fights around it. It can be imagined that the herders around lake Chad would have been more disgusted by farmers and fishermen competing for the dwindling lake’s provisions, and would have perpetrated their carnage right there on them without remorse or challenge.

Note: I am not excluding the violence and provocation by the farmers against the herders, but what makes the issue of the herder terror a topic is its organized nature and network. This is what is in focus here.

The training in weaponry, access to arms and ammunition and incendiary and ruthlessly vindictive “debt collector” modus operandi of the Fulani militants across Nigeria and Boko Haram are too identical to distinguish. The question is: who is the boss of who? I am of the opinion that well placed Fulani (wannabe) actors are sponsors of  the sophisticated, whassap group coordinated Fulani and Boko Haram terror synchronized anti-farmer assassin operation.

PDP chairman, Bamanga Tukur, recently commemorated by President Muhammadu Buhari is reported by Punch to have said in 2012, “Boko Haram is fighting for justice; Boko Haram is another name for justice.” Is this the “justice?”

Similarly, Borno governor, Kashim Shettima is reported and witnessed to have said on more than one occasion, “Leadership calls for restraint. Believe me, if I spill the beans (on the sponsors of  Boko Haram) heads will roll.” Is this the beans?

We urge Nigerian security departments to take the Boko Haram and militant nomadic terror most seriously by apprehending and bringing the heads of this monster to book. Terror will never be successfully defeated in Nigeria until the sponsor(s) repay the loan they took from the people of this could-be-great nation.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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Why I Support Public Grazing Reserves That Responsible Herders Can Rent – Peregrino Brimah

Long before Buhari came into power, many of us have thoroughly discussed and debated on the issue of grazing reserves as previous administrations considered its institution.

I believe strongly in protected grazing reserves and contiguous wildlife and nomadic and pastural routes across Nigeria. I do not wish for my country to become a concrete jungle. It is healthier for us that we preserve these swathes of public land that can be visited by us, that we can ride our horses via from one end of Nigeria to the other and that cattle herders can rent to graze their cattle.

Conditions For Sane Herders

At this point it is essential I mention some factors: firstly, public grazing reserves are an offer for the use of sane herders and not the insane terrorists who believe cows are more valuable than human beings. For those, I have strongly repeated that Arase and Buratai should do their paid jobs and the Anti-terror bill stipulation of death for all terrorists who murder, should be their destiny.

Secondly, the herders must pay rent for utilizing these reserves in addition to joining the rest of Nigerians who pay taxes. To graze your beasts in these public reserved lands, you must have a permit and rent the use. The rent paid will serve the people of the state from where lands are dedicated.

Reasonable and agreed upon compensation must be given directly to the land owners when lands are bought, not following the example of the former governor of Lagos, Tunde Fashola in concert with Aliko Dangote who according to media reports, paid Chiefs to expropriate the lands of commoners who they forcefully sacked with brutal police force.

It is important to mention that many herders involved in violence in Nigeria and otherwise, are foreigners who take advantage of the available natural resource, sometimes constitute a nuiscance and perpetuate violence then sell their cattle and take their profit out of the country, thus draining the Nigerian economy. This has to stop.

The Buhari Govt. Should Never Offer Reserves In Reward For Terror

The discussion of grazing reserves in response to terror by herders is a stab in the chest of Nigerians. These two discussions should be separated and clearly so. Rampaging terrorists are to be apprehended and killed. The security agencies should be hungry to find rampaging terrorists of whatever conflagration, and capture or kill them. No one should be allowed to be above the law and a state within a state.

Nigeria must not continue to operate on a level where to get government attention, you perpetrate acts of deadly terror. We are disgusted that President Buhari raised the reserves discussion in response to the recent massacres, promising that with them in 18 months the violence will end. This is reckless.

By so doing, the federal government has rather ridiculed the otherwise sensible land use revision and has given the people greater reasons to reject a grazing bill that he has made become largely unpalatable.

The marauding Fulani sponsored terrorists must be apprehended and killed and so must their sponsors and all connected with this chronic terror that has spilled almost as much innocent blood as Boko Haram has on our land over the years. Rentable grazing reserves for decent herders from north, south, east or west, is a separate conversation.

My Support For Grazing Reserves From Internet Archives

As mentioned above, I have thoroughly and consistently supported establishing contagious public human and beast travel routes and grazing reserves across Nigeria. This serves and protects our country and our health and future more than it does the cattle.

In a particular debate on NigeriaVillageSquare in 2012, in topic captioned, “12m Fulani Herdsmen Demand Land Rights In 36 States,” I listed advantages of grazing to the ecosystem as sourced from CaliforniaBountiful.com:

Grazing offers a bounty of benefits:

1. Ranchers and researchers say there are a number of very important environmental benefits from responsible grazing of public and private lands. Those benefits include:
2. Increased diversity of plant and animal species.
3. Control of invasive plant species, such as yellow starthistle.
4. Habitat restoration for threatened and endangered species.
5. Controlling erosion from water runoff for improved water quality.
6. Improving vegetation along stream banks and watershed health.
7. Reducing wildfire threat from rangeland fires.
8. Offering visually attractive vistas.
9. Preventing fragmentation of habitat from housing and commercial development and maintaining connected wildlife corridors.
10. Preserving open space in a rapidly growing state.
11. Providing food for consumers.
12. Offering recreational opportunities, such as hiking and wildlife viewing.

I mentioned in the same debate, under my “Superego” moniker, that the United States has its grazing laws that maintain contiguous nomadic/migration routes and establish a protected 26% of US lands, more than for crops, for grazing. It is healthy and it is sensible.

26% Of US Land Is Set Aside For Grazing And Range

“The United States has a total land area of nearly 2.3 billion acres. Major uses in 2002 were forest-use land, 651 million acres (28.8 percent); grassland pasture and range land, 587 million acres (25.9 percent); cropland, 442 million acres (19.5 percent); special uses (primarily parks and wildlife areas), 297 million acres (13.1 percent); miscellaneous other uses, 228 million acres (10.1 percent); and urban land, 60 million acres (2.6 percent). National and regional trends in land use are discussed in comparison with earlier major land-use estimates.” [Source: United States Department of Agriculture]

The Taylor Grazing Act (TGA) of 1934 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, were some of the processes that got the United States to where it is as I highlighted in the discussion.

It would be beneficial Nigerians clear the junk and insults from terrorists and government offices; put aside the hate and look passed the pain and hurt towards finding and proposing mutually beneficial and climate friendly solutions to the nation’s peculiar problems.

Nigeria will survive its politicians.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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