The Nigerian president Mohammadu Buhari has proved again and again that he is first a “Fulani man” before he is a Nigerian…
As a result his allegiance lies with all Fulani(s) including the herdsmen living in the Republic of Niger and Chad.
Tracking Buhari’s Ancestry to Niger Republic
Some parts of the Republic of Niger-(like Zinder and Maradi) was part of the Sokoto Caliphate along with Kastina, until the British – France agreement split up the territory in 1903 and a border was agreed between Northern Nigeria and Republic of Niger
Some parts of South Central Niger- Maradi & Zinder are considered parts of Kastina/ Sokoto Ancestral homes- and invariable an ancestral home to the president who is from Daura and share close links, language and culture with Niger Republic- See map below for details
The president in his present and previous administration is slowly Advancing the Fulani Agenda in the North.
Here are six (6) instances are listed below;
1) In 1985, at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Buhari reportedly voted a man from the republic of Niger as secretary general against an Igbo man in Nigeria
African leaders were to vote for a secretary general at the OAU summit 1985 – to everyone’s shock, Buhari who was head of State at the time voted against an Igbo man Peter Onu, rather he voted in favor of Ide Oumarou, a Fulani man from Niger Republic, for the position of Secretary General of Organisation of African Unity.
2) President Buhari suggested grazing routes as the solution to herdsmen crisis
In 2019, at the height of the Herdsmen crisis- ( which may have been sponsored) He called for the re-establishment of grazing routes to enable herdsmen march their cattle unhindered across the nation.
On a separate occasion, Dan-Ali former Minister of defense after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja suggested that states stop Anti grazing laws.
3) Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger and other neighboring countries will reportedly benefit from the National Livestock Transformation Plan
This is a statement credited to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, Speaking to Channels TV “Sunrise Daily“, According to him, since the Fulani herdsmen were nomadic, it would be inappropriate to deprive them from benefiting from the livestock plan just because they were not from Nigeria.
Read more details as reported by Punch newspapers in the Tweet below;
4) Investment in rail networks in the Nigeria- Niger Republic axis for “regional integration”
In 2018, the Buhari government proposed a railway network from Nigeria to Maradi in Niger republic, but the senate under Saraki reportedly screened it out of the Budget, that line items has again reappeared as part of the 2020 budget
The rail line, which will start from Kano, is to pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.Punch Newspapers
5) And road networks also leading to Niger republic
The federal government( just this week) has approved N30 billion for the construction of two roads in Sokoto and Jigawa states connecting Nigeria’s borders with Niger Republic.
Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, disclosed this to journalists at the end of this week’s federal executive council (FEC) meeting.
6) Lets not forget, the president has previously toyed with the idea of building a refinery in the Kastina- Niger border as reported by the previous oil minister- link to tweet below
In conclusion, President of Nigeria or Niger republic?