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Attack on Ortom: FUNAM, Oduduwa, IPOB, others, championing Nigeria’s breakup

The assault on the convoy of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has continued to generate discussions, reactions and anger in some quarters, with accusing fingers being pointed and denials being made by these so accused.

It’s comprehensible that such a brazen try will solicit totally different reactions, particularly anger propelled by worry, with many Nigerians believing that if a sitting governor, with a retinue of safety particulars might narrowly escape being killed in broad daylight, nobody then is secure within the nation.

Nonetheless, a Fulani group, hitherto unknown, the Fulani Nationality Motion (FUNAM) has reportedly claimed accountability for the assault.

The group, in a report by a web based information platform, mentioned in an announcement signed by one Umar Amir Shehu that they attacked Ortom in an motion carried out on behalf of tens of millions of Fulani individuals in 15 nations.

“Our consideration has been drawn to media stories at the moment speculating about who attacked the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

“Sure. Sure We did. The Fulani Nationality Motion, ( FUNAM) carried out the assault. Now we have real causes. We acted on behalf of Hundreds of thousands of Fulani individuals in 15 nations.

“It’s a case of vengeance towards an infidel who has used his money and time, deployed in destroying the Fulani values and inheritance.

“Our brave fighters carried out this historic assault to ship an important message to Ortom and his collaborators: Wherever you might be, as soon as you might be towards Fulani long run curiosity, we will get you down. This can be a clear warning. We hope those that take us as a right will get the indeniable message.

“Our intention is unequivocal: TO KILL HIM. That mission will at some point be fulfilled and really quickly too.

“Eleven of FUNAM operatives have been concerned within the assault. Orton escaped at the moment due to a slight technical communication error. Subsequent time, he is not going to be fortunate. We will guarantee him and his supporters.

“Ortom has been main the marketing campaign towards Fulani pursuits within the North. Now we have our operatives in all Southern States. Every will face our sword quickly.

“We warn collaborators working towards Fulani individuals throughout Nigeria: WE SHALL GET YOU no matter your hidden place.

“We state clearly, any state or person that opposes RUGA will probably be confronted. Any State or person that opposes ranching, we will get you. Converse towards ranching and RUGA even on the web: Our Noiseless fighters shall discover and repair you.

“Within the subsequent few months, FUNAM will perform assaults on strategic human and materials belongings of States and Non State teams or people identified for his or her anti-Fulani campaigns.

“We will hunt you down in your homes, in your work locations, in your automobile, in your streets. It’s a matter of time.”

With this assertion, a brand new chapter of agitations and contradictions the nation has not witnessed in time previous was opened, albeit in a extra scary approach. Although many are tempted to wave off FUNAM as a faceless group that’s merely on the lookout for consideration, analysts are fast to say that the teams which might be at the moment making issues troublesome for the nation in several components began the identical approach from obscurity, with individuals writing them off as consideration seekers.

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Although it’s but unsure if FUNAM truly exists, it’s worthy of be aware that the group is just not talking for the primary time, because it triggered nationwide outrage in 2018 when it claimed that Fulani are the homeowners of Nigeria.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who at the moment doubted the existence of the group, disowned the assertion, labeling it as reckless.

Additionally in February 2020, the President of the group, one Badu Salisu Ahmadu claimed {that a} particular Fulani strike power was behind the killing of 23 individuals in Plateau State in late January, 2020.

Mr. Adekoya Samuel, a public affairs commentator, believes that FUNAM is just not actually a brand new group however one that could be described as shadowy, lurking within the nook to make the most of conditions and dance momentarily within the solar earlier than withdrawing right into a nook.

“I can’t say the group doesn’t exist, I’ll fairly ask, how does it exist? On paper and in press releases? FUNAM, to me, is simply one other faceless group that exists within the thoughts of a person who mischievously is available in sometimes, throws in a press launch to rock the boat and trigger some apprehension. That’s what I consider is occurring right here.

“I see no purpose for apprehension over the sweeping threats within the supposed group’s assertion. What’s the capability of a gaggle that has not confirmed previously that it really exists? I believe the author of the press assertion was solely bluffing and nothing extra. Nobody ought to lose sleep over it”, Samuel mentioned.

Talking additional, Samuel famous that although it’s turning into alarming the speed at which sectional and ethnic primarily based teams are arising from totally different components of the nation, the existence of Nigeria is just not below risk.

“Nigeria is just not about to interrupt and it’ll not regardless of the risk posed by ethnic primarily based teams threatening secession. Neither IPOB, MASSOB or Oduduwa Republic proponents have the capability to hold out their threats. These threats have all the time been there and nothing has occurred. FUNAM can’t make any distinction”, he submitted.

Chigozie Ibe, a Lagos babes businessman, nonetheless, thinks in another way, warning that Nigerians mustn’t dismiss the declare of accountability by the Fulami or their threats of additional assaults frivolously. Based on him, FUNAM could be the face of a bigger Fulani organisation with sinister plans.

“To start out with, Governor Ortom mentioned those that attacked him have been herdsmen, wearing black, whereas Miyetti Allah has come out to disclaim any involvement within the assault. Then this Fulani group got here out to say its operatives have been accountable. For me, till safety companies conclude their investigation and are available out with a special conclusion, I take it that FUNAM was behind the assault.

“A significant downside Nigeria has is that we’re fast to dismiss issues even earlier than we dig into them. What if the group is actual they usually truly carried out the assault on Ortom and do have the capability to make good their risk? We might have succeeded in wanting the opposite approach carelessly whereas they go about hitting their targets with out resistance”, Ibe mentioned.

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On whether or not the ethnic-based group posed any risk to Nigeria, Ibe mentioned they do and that Nigeria could be heading for the rocks if problems with concern being raised have been ignored.

“The Nigerian authorities and significant stakeholders and leaders should not ignore what’s presently taking place within the nation. Doing so will probably be on the nation’s peril. Most occasions, authorities have a tendency to take a look at these agitators as irritants it can’t be bordered with, however they’ve forgotten the potential for propelling them from behind the scene. Many of those teams have their backers, people who find themselves the principle drivers of the concepts these teams are pushing.

“Occasions of the final couple of days have proven that clearly, first with a gaggle of Yoruba elders saying they’ll not maintain again Yoruba youths on self willpower. Additionally simply on the weekend, the Yoruba Sociocultural group, Afenifere was emphatic once they mentioned Nigeria’s disintegration is inevitable if the federal government fails to comply with restructuring. So it might be foolhardy to deal with the threats of disintegration with levity, besides the federal government has accepted that everybody go his approach,” he famous.

One other respondent, who desires to stay nameless, blamed the Nigerian authorities and the nation’s safety and intelligence companies for the extent the agitations and threats have gotten to within the nation. Based on him, the federal government and its safety and intelligence companies have given these individuals the chance to fester their concepts to the purpose that many Nigerians now purpose consistent with Biafra and Oduduwa Republic.

“To start out with, Asari Dokubo got here out to declare the institution of a authorities inside Nigeria and nothing has been executed about it until now. The one response that has come from the federal government was that from Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Info and Tradition. Even at that, he didn’t accord the plain breach the seriousness it deserves.

“What Asari did is clearly treasonable, and never a joke or publicity stunt as labelled by Lai Mohammed. Additionally, the declaration by Sunday Igboho is one other bitter level that has not been attended to. Each Igboho, who declared that the Yoruba are not a part of Nigeria and Asari needs to be present process severe interrogation for the time being. It doesn’t matter in the event that they have been merely bluffing, letting them roam round freely is harmful, because the extra they propagate their divisive concepts, the extra floor it beneficial properties and the extra probabilities of them turning into actual.

“So, I’ll name on the federal government and its companies saddled with intelligence and safety to look extra intently into the actions of the teams, together with the Fulani Nationalist Motion. Failure to take action will clearly be catastrophic. We should nip the rising agitations within the bud and management the upsurge in ethnic primarily based teams that will with time develop into ethnic militia teams”, he mentioned.

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