Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

Miyetti Allah, as an organisation, probably never rang as much a bell as it currently does, until the inglorious epiphany of criminal herders hiding under the Association’s cover. As an umbrella organisation of cattle breeders, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, sometimes shortened to Miyetti Allah or MACBAN, was understandably at the forefront […]

The insecurity of security pursuits in Igboland

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

For more than five decades, many have battled to infuse a state’s soul into the shifting geographical boundaries defined variously as Biafra. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu originally crafted the name but failed to realize it despite over three million lives lost. Biafra of that era consisted of today’s south-eastern Nigeria and substantial parts of South-South Nigeria, […]

Policing Nigeria

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

The voices of many highly respected Nigerians across political party lines, ethnic and religious divides have continued to resonate symphonically in calling on the citizenry to rise, pick up their arms and defend themselves. Nigerians know that the state and its police can no longer effectively protect them. The police are overwhelmed by the enormity […]

The approaching cyclones of Armageddon

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

There are at least five stages in a society’s journey to catastrophic ruin. The first stage is the prophetic announcement of a possible crisis in the far future. Such predictions are made even in the absence of any logical deductions or historical foundation. Therefore, most of the actors at this phase do not disclose the […]

The criminal species of Fulani herders

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

As kids, we experienced the Fulani people as a peace-loving group of nomadic pastoralists primarily concerned with their flock. In those days, no one feared them. Their beautiful wives and daughters were usually in their company as they shepherded their flock around our area. Their wives and females often adorned their necks and plated hair […]

Nigeria’s lucrative kidnapping enterprise

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

Kidnappings in Nigeria are classifiable as political hostage-taking, criminal abductions, and kidnapping for ransom and sale. All three kinds of kidnapping provide illicit entrepreneurial income and other non-monetary benefits. In the political kidnapping variant, kidnappers use the abductees as chips to bargain for political benefits. For instance, in 2003, Chris Ngige, then governor of Anambra […]

Redefining our security priorities

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

The recent surrendering of thousands of Boko Haram fighters seeking forgiveness and reabsorption into society to the Nigerian state has suffused media space. For over a decade, this criminal brand of religious insurgents gallantly withstood the Nigerian forces military might undefeated. Yet, without increased bombardment, these enemies of the state have allegedly been surrendering in […]

Redefining our security priorities

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

The recent surrendering of thousands of Boko Haram fighters seeking forgiveness and reabsorption into society to the Nigerian state has suffused media space. For over a decade, this criminal brand of religious insurgents gallantly withstood the Nigerian forces military might undefeated. Yet, without increased bombardment, these enemies of the state have allegedly been surrendering in […]

On mass kidnapping of school children

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

The 2014 mass kidnapping of 276 Chibok would have passed as a fantasy horror movie if not for its confirmation as accurate. And because it was then a rare occurrence in global terrorism strategies, the world was shocked to a trance. Canada, China, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States condemned the […]

Nigeria’s ten insecurity-creating mindsets

Miyetti Allah and the dying nomadic pastoralism

To a considerable extent, we are the products of our thoughts and the ideas we hold. Unfortunately, there is no way of consistently verifying and validating our ideas and beliefs as accurate. On many occasions, the margin of error can be extensive. And because our ideas and belief systems substantially influence how we relate with […]