Nigeria: Genocide in Plateau state
“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent the change of power. We must use minorities in the north as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control of their future”... by Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto. Parrot Newspaper, 12th October 1960. Recalled by Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, 13th November 2002.
The on-going genocidal jihad against Christians and the ethnic minorities of northern Nigeria, which at present is focussed on the Berom, and lately making inroads into Mangu and Bokkos Local Government areas, was conceived from the birth of the Nigerian nation and is aimed at cleansing northern Nigeria of Christians and ethnic minorities and establishment of Islamic rule in Nigeria.
As reprehensible as the murder is, if it takes the simultaneous deaths of our valiant illustrous sons, Sen (Dr) Gyang Dalyop Dantong and the Majority Leader of the State Legislature, Hon Gyang James Fulani, to awaken the Federal Government of Nigeria and the world to the stark reality of the on-going genocide, so our people are saved, then their deaths would not have been in vain.
This jihad raises the question of whether Christians and the ethnic minorities have equal citizenship rights and protection as do other Nigerians, in line with Nigerian Laws and Constitution, and the United Nations Charter on Ethnic Minority Rights. From our experiences, we are bold to say that the concept of a truly “one Nigeria” is still a dream.
This pursuit of Fulani domination, which cannot be put more succinctly than our opening quote, has been one of the foremost causes of contention and strife in Nigerian politics and has also cost northern Christians and ethnic minorities thousands of lives -mothers, daughters, sons, husbands and aged parents - with attendant degeneration of respect for humanity and human life. Regrettably, this degeneration was allowed to continue, sometimes in exchange for political power or patronage, or to buy temporary respite from more intentional violence, or indeed, in the deliberate promotion of an agenda; successive governments handled with kid gloves the monster that is now waging a war of annihilation of the Christians and non-Muslims of northern Nigeria – even Muslims of non-Hausa or Fulani origin have not been spared.
The ethnic minorities are at best political fillers, otherwise expendable.
The basis for the statements made above show evidence that there is a grand plan against Christians, ethnic nationalities and the Beroms who have all, at one time or another tasted the bitter manipulation of “Federal Might” against ethnic minorities or non-Muslims in Nigeria.