Herder-farmer clashes or ethnic cleansing?

Azuka Onwuka

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Anytime any member of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari talks about the killings going on in North-Central Nigeria, the person usually describes it as a clash between herdsmen and farmers. But what has been happening has no relationship with a clash.

 What is a clash? A clash is a violent confrontation between two armies or groups. No two groups are fighting in states like Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kogi, Kaduna for many months now.

 One group (the herdsmen’s group) has been attacking the host communities, killing the locals, burning their homes and destroying their crops and animals. It has been systematic. It has been consistent. The killers arrive at night and commit their heinous act and disappear. The killers do not officially identify themselves. It is by comments and revelations from others that they are found out to be herdsmen of Fulani extraction.

 The killers do not share boundaries with the victims….

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