Over the centuries, one thing has remained constant in humanity- the quest for power, the quest for dominance. Mankind over the years has tried to expand, dominate and grow his tentacles across every sphere of life. Take religion, for instance, the jihads by Islam, missions by Christianity, all striving for one thing, dominance- to make their religion and beliefs spread. Take politics too, the berlin conference that led to the partitioning of Africa and so on. The quest for dominance remains amongst mankind.
In that regard, one can easily observe that trait within the makeup of the country of Nigeria. Same leaders who have been ruling us since the 1970s are still those vying for posts today, side-lining the younger generation. The phrase “the youths are leaders of tomorrow” becomes invalid. Nigeria is ruled by septuagenarians who are either callous in their thinking and dealings or they just don’t know what they are doing. Nigeria is far behind in terms of keeping up with the 21st century. This is shameful for the most populous black nation in the world.
In the heart of this quest for dominance and power lies issues such as religious and cultural bigotry, thus, hindering the growth and development of the country and causing insecurity in some regions of the country. The quest for dominance, in this case, is allowing for the Fulani herdsmen have their “space” in other regions of the country, howbeit, a detriment to that region.
DID YOU KNOW?
The fight for the creation of settlement for the Fulani in other regions and state in the country didn’t just start in 2020. The RUGA policy was introduced by the Muhammadu Buhari presidency. Its objective is to create reserved communities for the Fulani herdsmen where they live, grow and tend to their cattle. While citizens of the south-west and southeastern part of the country are refusing to bulge to such erroneous development, it is amazing that the federal government’s stand to the issue is doing nothing.
It is sad to see this inter-tribal and religious fight for dominance impede the day-to-day activities of well-meaning citizens in their respective regions, causing an influx of insecurity. The citizens are not safe, neither are their properties. President Buhari’s position to these issues is beyond heart-wrenching. The lives of Nigerians don’t mean as much to him as his cows in Daura.
While Nigerians wait on the police to do their jobs, the lack of facilities, equipment and the deplorable environment and conditions prevents them from doing such. The police superintendent stated that it is not going to be easy for police brutality to seize in the country given the terrible state of the force, their barracks and living conditions.
The Nigerian government needs to do better. The Nigerian populace needs to look beyond the religious bigotry and tribal divide if the country will move forward. The security of the citizens of a state needs to be given first place.