There is a serious problem brewing in an African pot that could create mayhem and destabilize West Africa and the whole continent. The stitches that was recklessly hemmed with the 3 major traditional enclaves into the single country called Nigeria, is fracturing at the seams.
The invasion of the Fulanis, notably from Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Niger and Mali, since the beginning of the year 2000, is rapidly creating a very dangerous situation to come if not addressed appropriately.
In the north, the Hausas and the ethnic Fulanis have been basically swallowed by these invaders. From Sokoto to Maidugurui to Kano.
In the south west, the Yorubas are facing the same onslaught. From Abeokuta to Lagos to Ibadan.
In the south east, or popularly called Biafra, the same situation is ongoing. From Asaba to Onitsha to Port Harcourt.
What is common to their presence in all the three regions is that, they have invaded and taken over ancestral lands of the natives, using farm destruction and pillage with their cows, murder, kidnapping and extortion as their tools.
The government of Buhari has shown no interest to tackle this problem after many debates in the corridors of power.
The Yurobas are presently getting their forces together, spearheaded by the youth.
The Biafrans have gone much further. They have established an Eastern Security Network (ESN), led by a fiery charismatic leader called Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who happens to have formed and also lead Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB). The latter which is still being built into a fearsome force to defend the people of Biafra.
The African Union has to step in immediately. The situation is getting out of hand.
If another civil war should break out, it will be devastating. Ghana will be affected heavily, unlike the 1967 war. Because Ghana is in the process of ignoring the same problem. I hear of similar scenarios at Yendi and Nkoranza. And for sure they will gradually advance southward. Imagine they invade the Ashanti region and do what they are doing in Nigeria now……
I hope our leaders will not wait to allow the situation to destabilize Ghana like it is happening in Nigeria now.
William Armah, Montreal, Canada