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We have been colonized; herdsmen cannot colonize us again – Gov. Jang



The idea of establishing cattle colonies in every state in Nigerian and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja has caused many concerned Nigerians to rethink the concept of colony and colonization.

While many Nigerians see the proposal as "land grabbing" and an opportunity for Fulani herdsmen to infiltrate the entire country and exploit it for their personal purpose, others likened it to the European colonization and Usman Dan Fodio's Jihad of 1804.

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Reacting to the idea of establishing cattle colonies for the Fulani herdsmen who have killed many innocent people across the country, Senator Jonah Jang, who is representing Plateau North in the Nigerian Senate, said the idea of cattle colonies is very similar to the British colonization of Nigeria.

Senator Jang made this comment during a conversation with journalists in Jos, Plateau State, on Thursday, February 8, 2018. In his own words,

“I have said that we were colonized by the British, we cannot be colonized by the herdsmen again. What do you mean by colony? Look, cattle rearing is farming, animal husbandry.

“There are farmers in diverse areas, why do you want to start giving cattle rearing such level of priority? Will you give the same priority to those that are rearing dogs, pigs, snakes and so on? It is a private business.

“I had said when I was in government that to me, we have seen how cow owners in the United States and other developed countries operate. The people should buy land, settle down on ranches. They would have to buy, not government. But I am more concerned about our own Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria that we know, not the ones coming across the border.

“The ones coming across the border must remain in its country, each country should contain her herdsmen not using the ECOWAS free movement to start throwing their own problems to our country, it is unacceptable and we cannot accept it.

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“We need to take some drastic action. I have said it that these people are not Nigerians, they are trying to tell us that Fulanis don’t have boundaries, there is nobody in this world that doesn’t have a boundary of where he comes from. They are coming from somewhere, where are they coming from? Where were they before? 

“I am 70 years plus, I didn't see these kind of Fulani in my early years in life. So where are they coming from?

“They should go back to where they are coming from, let’s contain the ones we have here.

“We used to have a way of settling our problems with a Fulani man if his cows eat some crops in the farms, it would be settled even without going to the court. But these ones that are carrying guns, killing people, they cannot be people who are coming to be part of Nigeria, they must not be allowed."

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