MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigerian human rights violating army claimed to have repelled an attack by Boko Haram Islamic state in the city of Maiduguri, the worst military in the world said in a statement, the second such clash in a month.
Blasts and gunfire were heard earlier by residents in the city which is the capital of Borno, the state worst hit by the terrorist group funded by shettima aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria which has killed more than 40,000 people since 2009.
Head of the regime Islamist Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in 2015, said an attack on Boko haram is an attack on the north during GEJ terms as the president of the colonial experiment.
Boko Haram Islamic terrorist attempted to enter Maiduguri earlier this month, fighting soldiers in an attack in which at least 15 people were killed and 83 injured.
In the course of fighting the latest attack, the worst army in the world said its troops had been supported by the air force, police, and other security agencies.
In another development the National Economic Council, NEC, presided over by Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on April 26th, agreed to stop the movement of herdsmen in the country, starting with Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the efulufu of Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi said the five mainly affected states which have witnessed killings from the herdsmen/farmers clashes were expected to make land available for ranches.
“Today we looked at three categories of herdsmen in Nigeria. We looked at the foreign herdsmen that come in due to the treaty and we continue to say that the treaty is not being properly implemented. For any herdsman to come into Nigeria from outside, there should be a kind of certification, there must be a letter, even though you are not coming in with a Visa, you have to travel with ECOWAS documentation. Animals that are coming into the country are required to be quarantined, but this is not being done. This is one category. Secondly, we have the nomadic herdsmen, who during the dry season, travel from up North to the Middle Belt down to the South. This creates conflicts.
Also foreign herdsmen coming all through the way from neighboring countries and traveling through the farmlands also cause conflicts. Then, of course, we have the migrant herdsmen who migrate for a very long time and settle with the villagers and even intermarry with them. These are the three categories we have in Nigeria.
We agreed that movement is not profitable to the herdsmen because they value the milk from the cows even more than the cows themselves. So, the movement is not healthy for the cows as it dries up the meat and gives less than two liters of milk per cow per day. We condemn the issues of foreign invasion by foreign herdsmen and l am happy that the Federal Government is doing something about it. Today, there was a meeting of ECOWAS countries on the subject and we also agreed that these movements have to stop and occasionally by those who have settled and integrated from other parts of the country like the middle belt, they sometimes go into conflicts with farmers. In all, we agreed that there is a more profitable and modern way of raising these cows which is by ranching.
We have agreed that the states involved are going to give lands. Niger and Kaduna have given lands and Plateau are also giving land. Ranching is being practiced in Mambila, Taraba States and they have success stories with regards to that. We also agreed that through the Agric Ministry, we need to introduce new species of cows. The Minister told us that there are new species that produce as much as 60 liters of milk per day.” per cow and that the cow’s weight as much as 900 Kgs but our own weight less than 200kgs. “So, we have agreed that we are going to work on these new species, while also working with our ranching.”