Maijamaá Adamu writes:
I was in my irrigation farm last year when a haggard looking herdsman meandered his herd of sheep in between my rice plots. Myself and other workers around suspended our work and started shouting on him to get the hell out of the place lest his sheep slip into the farm. He turned his eyes away from us in palpable contempt, not uttering a word and not even minding us as he let his flock to keep grazing just at the edge of the farm. When he finally reluctantly made up his mind to move them away some of them were already inside the farm busy eating up the crop. We had to call him back to chase them out. It was a show of crude and audacious provocation. If we so wished we could have killed and burried him there and then, but as Abdurrahman Abba Jimeta once told me, ” idan akuya ta dubi kura tace mata kin ci uwarki, in kuran nada hankali sai tace wa akuyan yi hakuri, na gode”.
In the preceding rainy season around the same area, I witnessed a scenario where after harvest of rice the farmers as usual bagged their proceeds and left leaving the rice husks behind invariably for the grazers to help themselves to it as is the routine yearly. I saw a middle aged man moving around the farms setting fire across all heaps of husks around. You need not ask his motive for this, an open show of deep seated hatred. With too many of such crude provocative herdsman and corresponding extreme hater of herdsmen in the mould of this “fire setter”, the sparks that will naturally arise when the two come to close contact are best imagined.I was not too surprised when the rumor started making round to the effect of planned attack of Koh village and adjoining settlements. What I noticed on the day of the attack was none of the Fulani folks that do manual labour in my farm showed up for work, and none of the milk women that sale “kindirmo” across town showed up for business. This makes me question the school of thought that believes strongly that the attackers are aliens.A whole police DPO was lost to that attack just as four mobile police men have been confirmed slain in this newest madness. This too makes me question the school of thought that believes with innermost conviction that all relevant authorities just watched as the marauders unleashed their coordinated terror on their their victims. At most we can lay claim to the fact that what was done to forestall the attack fell short of expectations and explanations are needed for compromising standard procedures of curtailing such barbarism, especially when gruesome realities of recent attacks are very fresh in our memories.
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