Jan 4, 2021

On Fulani Herdsmen Crisis:

By Dr Baba J Adamu

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On Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Permit me to agree with Charles when he said “kudos to the governor of Kaduna State for stepping up and calling on all with power to stem this madness”. He was talking about the sad state of affairs that the security in Nigeria has deteriorated to such a level that nowhere in the country seems safe. Indeed, back in March 2019, I argued in Daily Trust that Governor Malam Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai is not afraid to take new initiatives that he did not come to fill a vacuum but rather he comes to disrupt it and leaves a trail of greatness: https://www.arewaonline-ng.com/endorsing_elrufai.html


Undeniably, the Governor has shown visionary and out-of-box approaches in Kaduna on security, inclusiveness, development and leadership. And today, on the Fulani Herdsmen crisis he has called on his colleagues, other Governors in the country to show leadership and statesmanship by condemning and disavowing attacks and massacres of other Nigerians living in their states. He said “we must avoid anarchy and vigorously promote the rule of law and the right of all citizens to life, liberty and livelihoods wherever they choose to reside. Elected and appointed public leaders across the country must act on their constitutional obligations to protect all citizens, uphold order, and contribute to a climate for peaceful resolution of all issues”. Governor El-Rufai further went on to say “the genuine fears felt by people across the country for their safety and security imposes a responsibility on all leaders to ensure that these anxieties are assuaged and urgent steps are taken to relieve human misery and stop the criminal actions that menace our citizens.” The Governor condemned in strong terms the eviction being issued to Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country.


And on the appointment by President Buhari of the new service chiefs, Governor El-Rufai expressed strong optimism that the newly appointed service chiefs will succeed in the fight against insurgency and other crimes in the country. This appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari is highly commendable and is an expression of optimism and hope in the fight against protracted crises and the war against kidnappings, banditry, insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria. The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru is remarkable, proper and deserving.


Nigerian Army would be taken to greater echelons of proficiency and professional responsiveness in the discharge of its constitutional duties under Major General Attahiru. As a General, he has held several appointments on the staff, instructional and in command in the course of his military career. He had a duty with the UN in Sierra Leone, facilitated United Kingdom military engagement, Commanded NIBATT 19 ECOMOG Operations in Liberia, was the Commanding Officer 146 Battalion Nigerian Army (Operation HARMONY IV) in the Bakassi Peninsula, Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army (Operation PULO SHIELD), General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army and one-time Theatre Commander Operation LAFIA DOLE (the Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency outfit in North-Eastern Nigeria). On the staff, General Attahiru was the Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation and Chief of Defence Logistics at the apex organ of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Defence Headquarters Abuja and worked with the US Defence Logistics Agency among others. On the Instructional, he has been the Directing Staff and Chief Instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji-Nigeria: https://www.arewaonline-ng.com/Dr-Baba-J-Adamu-congratulates-chief-of-army-staff-of-Nigeria-Maj-General-Attahiru.html


He has also been exposed to leadership and professional development programmes at globally renowned institutions. From the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Special Forces Academy Shijiazhuang-Hubei Province, China to leadership and security policy courses at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University the USA, Graduate School of Media and Communication, Agha Khan University Kenya, Bournemouth University Disaster Management Center and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The General has several honours and awards to his credit.  He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Masters of Science in Human Resources Management and Development from Salford University in the United Kingdom and Graduate Diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.


General Attahiru’s appointment is a testament to his unconditional service and selfless attitude and experiences and compassion in the area of training, administration and logistics needs of the Nigerian army. Indeed it is a demonstration of his worth and fearless mind, his strategic and tactful thinking, his emergency and pre-emptive idea and his intelligence mission with dedication to the country, the life which protects the life of others. To him, we offer our congratulations and prayers and in the same manner, we congratulate the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Ishiaka Amao, wishing them the best of success in their new endeavours.



While we pray for Nigeria and May God guide our leaders aright, I say to all stay blessed.


By Dr. Baba J Adamu

AREWA Center for Regional Development (ACRD)




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